Family Friendly Fridays: Grandma Effie’s Molasses Kringles

It’s Friday again which means time for Family Friendly Fridays!  Feel free to join the link up at the bottom of the post.  All are welcome from recipes to crafts to stories, so long as it’s family friendly.

One of the aspects I love most about food is how it can be so much more than just a way to lessen your hunger. It can be used to help us celebrate and to entertain.  We can use  food for gifts and as a way to tell people we love them.  And we can use it as a way to preserve memories.  I’m sure we all have at least one food that reminds us of our childhood, or brings back memories of a best friend, a family member, or a long lost love.  These molasses cookies are that memory for me.

This recipe was handed down to me by mom who had it handed down to her by her mom.  It may not be completely unique from other molasses cookies or a one of a kind never before seen idea, but for me, it’s a reminder of the wonderful woman my grandmother was to my brother and me when we were kids.  The instant the aroma starts wafting from the oven, I am taken back to my grandma’s garden.  I used to roam for hours through the flowers, taking in all the beautiful colors and smells; being sure to stop every so often to indulge in a juicy gooseberry or two from her fruit filled bushes.   When I’d had my fill of the garden, I’d run inside and find a plate of these cookies, still warm from the oven, waiting for me.

The first bite was always the best and it still is.  I miss my grandma on a daily basis, but making these cookies brings me back a memory of her and reminds me of what a wonderful presence she was in my life.

Ingredients Needed:

3/4 Cup of Shortening (I subbed Unsalted Butter)
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup of Molasses
21/4 Cups of Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Ginger
1/2 tsp of Cloves
Sugar for Dipping
1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Tbsp of Milk

First up, cream together your shortening/butter and brown sugar.

Next, add in the molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and spice.  Mix it up good.  Here’s the finished dough.

Take a small bowl and add in about a 1/4 cup of white sugar to it.  Grab your dough by heaping teaspoons and roll it into a ball.  Roll your ball in the white sugar, set it on your cookie sheet and smoosh it down with a fork.  Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Pop your cookies in the oven at 350 for 9 to 11 minutes.  Bask in the delicious smell.

While your cookies are cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.  Spoon the glaze over each cookie and allow it to harden.

If you can wait that long.

What’s a food that brings back memories for you?

This recipe is linked up to Saturday Swap and Not Baaad Sundays.

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Grandma Effie's Molasses Kringles

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup of Shortening (I subbed Unsalted Butter)
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup of Molasses
21/4 Cups of Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Ginger
1/2 tsp of Cloves
Sugar for Dipping
1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Tbsp of Milk

Directions:

First up, cream together your shortening/butter and brown sugar. Next, add in the molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and spice. Mix it up good.

Take a small bowl and add in about a 1/4 cup of white sugar to it. Grab your dough by heaping teaspoons and roll it into a ball. Roll your ball in the white sugar, set it on your cookie sheet and smoosh it down with a fork. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Pop your cookies in the oven at 350 for 9 to 11 minutes. While your cookies are cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Spoon the glaze over each cookie and allow it to harden.

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38 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Grandma Effie’s Molasses Kringles”

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    Nuts about Food — November 5, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful childhood memory.

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    Brenda — November 5, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    Julie, love the new look of your blog!!! Handed down recipes are always the best. I cherish my recipes handed down from my grandmother. Your cookies look yummy! I can almost smell them baking. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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    Katie@ This Chick Cooks — November 5, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    That is so sweet to remember your grandma when you make her cookie recipe. I love those special little everyday ways that we remember our loved ones. Food really is a special way to connect. Have a good day and thanks for helping me think of some sweet memories of my own gradma in the kitchen :)

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    Cindy — November 5, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    My Dad loves Molasses Cookies. I’ll have to make these for him. Thanks for sharing!!

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    M @ Betty Crapper — November 5, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    That cookie dough is tempting me.

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — November 5, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    I agree how food becomes more than just something to fill our tummy. It’s lasting memories. What a great story of your grandmother. I’m anxious to try this recipe. Have a wonderful weekend…

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    Faith — November 5, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    It’s so cute how you remember you grandma while making her recipe. Great childhood memories! Wish I could go back to be a child agai ( no responsibilities) Love the cookies! There look wonderful.

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    Jessica Nunemaker — November 5, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    Are these a soft or a hard cookie?

    I have my Italian Grandmother’s 3 generations old spaghetti recipe so every time I make spaghetti and meatballs I’m brought back to her kitchen, and smelling the sauce for the many long hours it took to cook it before we could finally dig in!

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    mangiabella — November 5, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    a most lovely and delicious memory indeed, thank you for sharing htis

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    Katerina — November 5, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    I loved my grandma too. I have the best childhood memories from her. These cookies look awesome.

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    Alex Fitzpatrick — November 5, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    I wish my grandma made these! I’ll have to try these out soon.

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — November 5, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Love in my belly as I like to say. Those look delicious!

    And thanks for your vote!

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    Louanne — November 5, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Your cookies so delicious! I have a lot of food memories from my grandmother, too. The most memorable are her meatballs – everytime I make them, they bring me back to her tiny little kitchen.
    Linking up for the first time.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 5, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Hey Julie! Saw these on tastespotting and thought “hey I know her!” :) Well done! These cookies look awesome. One question – what is the texture – are they chewy or crispy? I want to try them :)

    • megan @ whatmegansmaking replied: — November 6th, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

      replying to my own comment :) Just made these this morning – delicious! But for some reason my cookies turned out much flatter than yours. I even used half butter, half shortening because I struggle with flat cookies. My baking soda is relatively new as well. Any thoughts? Next time I may try all shortening to make them puffier. They tasted great though, especially with the glaze :)

      • Julie replied: — November 6th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

        Hmmm. I’m not sure why they would be flat. Did you add the baking soda as the very last thing? Try putting the dough in the fridge to chill a bit before making the balls as well. Chilled dough tends to hold it’s shape a bit better. I hope that helps!

        • megan @ whatmegansmaking replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

          sorry to hijack your comments Julie! But I just wanted to say that after sitting for a day, these cookies are incredible! They got softer and chewier and all around amazing. I’m already planning on making them again. Still planning to try all shortening, and probably chilling the dough. But even as is, I would make them again – best molasses cookies I’ve made :)

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    Maranda — November 5, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Oh man those look really good. I went to the farmer’s market last weekend and they were selling molasses. I wondered what I would do with molasses…now I know!

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    Mari's Cakes — November 5, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    Looks delicious, perfect for weekend treats.

    Have a wonderful day :)

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    Mindy — November 5, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    These look delicious…and perfect for the upcoming holiday season! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the memories.

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    Tessa — November 6, 2010 @ 12:01 am

    Recipes that are tied to a memory always seem to taste the best! These cookies look great. I swear I can almost smell them from your description =)

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    Monet — November 6, 2010 @ 1:15 am

    Julie,
    What a lovely tribute to your sweet grandmother. I know that each time you bake these, you think of her…and that is what makes these beautiful cookies so special. Thank you for sharing her recipe and your thoughts with us. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Summer — November 6, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    Oh what a delightful blog and so muc of deliciousness here!!
    Those cookies are so so good!!

    Am trying to add my link ,but it aint adding :-((

    http://brightmorningstarsfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/11/pommes-dauphinois-hachis-parmentier.html

    Have linked back to u!!

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    rebecca — November 7, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    they look wonderful love the spices in here, thanks for the friendship hugs Rebecca

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    Becky @ Random musings of a deco lady — November 7, 2010 @ 2:18 am

    Some of my best recipes and cooking memories come from my grandmothers, too. Thank you for sharing this on Saturday Swap.

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    Summer — November 7, 2010 @ 4:40 am

    Hey Julie ,thannnk u for adding my link:-)
    i tried a couple of times!!
    MAybe its jus me:-(
    looking forward to next friday!
    huggies and happy sunday!

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    Gitte — November 7, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Don’t you just love foods that is so familiar and carries you right back to your childhood. Thank you for sharing this special recipe.

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    Emily Z — November 7, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    These look wonderful! And thanks for letting us all be a part of a sentimental recipe and memory! It’s nice to have handed down recipes. When I ask my mom for one of her recipes that I grew up with, she tells me to google it… it’s not quite as special that way. ;)

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    Traci — November 7, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    I recently made molasses crinkles for the first time since my son was born…more than four years ago! Surprisingly, he really liked them, too, so it looks like there will be more than just chocolate chip cookies in my future, finally. Visiting from SITS :)

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    Anna Johnston — November 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    Oh what a great memory and I feel the same when I cook something out of the family recipe book too.

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    avril — November 8, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    I was sold immediately on this recipe when I discovered it on TK – but then with your added loving story of memories that go with it – I am even more invested in making this wonderful cookie recipe!

    Fun to find you on TK!
    ~avril :-)

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    grace — November 11, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    the only molasses-containing baked good that i can tolerate is the cookie, and these are fine and dandy! i love the fork-print touch. :)

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    claudia lamascolo — November 11, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I just love molasses cookies but with that frosting bonus! wow these looks scrumptious!

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    Holly L — November 11, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    My hubby is crazy for molasses. The kids like it a lot too. This is so bad….all these yummy cookie recipes. I – my waist – is doomed

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    Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe — December 26, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Very nice, both the cookies and the history behind them. Thanks.

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