Wednesday, January 16, 2013

World's Best Cookie

In the heart of downtown Franklin, TN you will discover one of the best bakeries around! Their cookies might even put your grandmother’s to shame. Every time I go there I have to get the Tea Cake and Molasses cookies. I know…I know… two cookies, but this is a place where everything taste so good calories don’t matter! Even though I love the Tea Cake cookies, the Molasses cookies are my absolute favorite! Luckily Merridee’s Breadbasket was kind enough to put out a cookbook and here is the recipe for the fabulous Molasses cookies! 

Molasses Sugar Cookies
¾ cup shorting (half butter)
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses (we use sorgham)
1 egg
2 teaspoons soda
½ teaspoon cloves
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt 
Melt shortening in a 3 or 4 quart saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; let cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well. Sift together dry ingredients and add, all at once, to first mixture. Mix until well blended. Chill at least one hour. 

Form in 1-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes; just until set and lightly browned. They should be chewy and crunchy when cool.
As Paula Deen would say, these cookies will make your tongue wanna slap your brains out! Enjoy the cookies and thank you Merridee’s for the amazing recipe!

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