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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rainbow Molasses Cookies

I won't lie to you - these Soft Molasses Cookies were intended for Christmas. I made a TON of them and sent them off with my daughter to school in the beginning of December. We left for vacation on Dec 11 and I never did get the post ready to go. The recipe was in a cookbook at home and I wasn't going to fake a recipe I didn't make. 
I left some of the extras in the freezer and pulled them out the other day when we had a slight freezer defrosting issue.... So, I wanted to transform my Christmas cookies into Happy "Anytime" Cookies! 
And, that is just what I did!
I could have decorated them with Valentine's Sprinkles and hearts, but I'm not ready for that.... 
I wanted happy, joyful, fun for the kid, put-a-smile-on-your-face kinda cookie design! 

Did I succeed? 

I think so :)

Here is what you need for Soft Molasses Cookies:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup MELTED Shortening
1 Cup Molasses
1 beaten egg
4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 Cup hot water
1 Tabelspoon Vanilla
5 Cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons  EACH cream of tarter, ginger, cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup canned Vanilla Frosting

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, shortening and molasses then add the egg. 
Disolve baking soda in the hot water and add vanilla; mix and set aside.
Sift together the flour and spices - cream of tarter, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
Combine the water mixture with the flour mixture.
Add to mixing bowl with molasses mixture and combine on low speed. 
Place dough on plastic wrap. Cover and refiedgerate for 3 hours.

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. I needed to add a lot of extra flour to the counter because the dough was very sticky and not firm like sugar cookie dough.
Bake at 350 for 7 minutes let cool.

When ready, melt vanilla frosting in morcowave at 10 second intervals and stir well. Dip the cookies into the melted frosting and leave "nakkid" or decorate as desired.

I have a ton of sprinkles, and I enjoyed making these Rainbow themed. 

Does your kid know about Roy G. Biv?? Mine does and I had that song playing in my head while I was making these cookies! Just in case you don't know who Roy G. Biv is, "He's a colorful man whose name spells out the whole color spectrum." Red, Orange, Yellow (ROY) Green (G.) Blue, Indigo, Violet (BIV) 

Isn't that cute? 

Only problem is... I don't have Indigo colored sprinkles. So I skipped it. 

See... that's a picture from what would have been my original post. 

My happy daughter so proud of all the cookies we baked together.

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Hope this makes you happy! It worked for us!

I shared this with : Tidy Mom, Alli-N-Sons, Simply Sweet Home, Blissful and Domestic, Petals to Picots, Living Life Intentionally, Add A Pinch, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Marvelously Messy, Skip to My Lou, One Tough Mother, Crazy for Crust, The Kurtz Corner, Sweetology 101, Lady Behind the Curtain, Mrs. Fox's Sweets, Ginger Snaps Crafts, Inside BruCrew Life
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