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Peppermint Molasses Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Of the many cookies her grandmother made at Christmastime, these frosted molasses cookies were Cheryl Zakhar's favorite.

Peppermint Molasses Cookies

Photo: James Carrier

  About 2/3 cups butter or margarine, at room temperature
 1/4 cup granulated sugar
 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
 1 large egg
 1/4 cup molasses
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1 teaspoon ground ginger
 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/2 cup crushed hard peppermint candy such as candy canes
  Peppermint Icing (recipe follows)
Step 1

In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 2/3 cup butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg and molasses and beat until well blended.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture, then beat just until dough comes together. Stir in peppermint candy. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and freeze until dough is firm, about 45 minutes.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake cookies in a 350ยบ regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes; if baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking. Immediately, with a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. When cool, drizzle with Peppermint Icing; save any remaining icing for other uses.

Step 5

Peppermint Icing: In a bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. If too thick to drizzle, mix in more milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until thin enough. Stir in 1 tablespoon finely crushed hard peppermint candy and 1 to 2 drops red food coloring if desired. Makes 1/2 cup.

Step 6

Nutritional analysis per cookie.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 73Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.8g5%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 56mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g4%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 0.6g2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.