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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.

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.