Molasses Crinkles are super easy and look fancy with the sparkling sugar on them. They are a soft spice cookie. Perfect for when you want something a little, but not too, sweet.
The recipe is out of one of my favorite vintage cookbooks. The 11th edition 1965 Fannie Farmer with the shiny gold hardcover. Perhaps you have it or your mom had it. My mom did.
It’s not in the current version. Probably because of it’s use of shortening :O or because spice cookies perhaps have fallen out of fashion. Who knows but the editors. I love them.
Set oven to 350
Mix well (I mix really well so it’s creamy like the picture above.)
1c vegetable shortening
3/4c sugar ( I use brown sugar for more flavor)
1 3/4c flour
2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp ground clove
Stir into the first mixture and blend well. Shape into 1” balls with your fingers.(If the dough is too soft to shape easily, cover and chill in the refrigerator about 1 hour.) Dip tops in granulated sugar (I love KAF sparkling sugar. It’s super sparkly.) Arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes.
When they are done, hopefully they will look like these.