Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cookies Are Good For You

As I watch the snow covering my outside world, I'm back at it - making cookies. The cookies of choice this time are molasses raisin, You do know to soak the cup of raisins in water then strain them before adding to the dough, don't you?

Referred to as nature's candy, raisins are simply dried grapes. Raisins are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They're rich and have concentrated sources of energy, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. In addition, they are packed with several health benefiting anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, and other phyto-nutrients.

Molasses is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium, and a very good source of magnesium and manganese.

That's all I'm sayin'!

Today I followed this recipe that was my mother's. I didn't roll them in sugar - just dropped on cookie sheet. They were soooo good!

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies  (Raisins Optional)                            
(Delicious! The perfect cookie-soft and chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Yummy with a cup of tea!) Makes between 32 and 42 cookies, depending on your ball size. ;D
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup dark molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Cream together shortening and brown sugar.
  2. Stir in egg and molasses and mix well.
  3. Fold in dry ingredients and stir.
  4. Cover and chill till firm (1-2 hours).
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Roll dough into small balls and roll in white sugar.
  7. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Leave on sheet one minute until set.

     They weren't as brown as they look in the picture! I didn't burn any! Made 36 and we already ate 6! It is only 10am.

    Click on image to take a bite


  1. They look yummy/ I need to bake some cookies.

  2. You make stuffing my face with cookies sound healthy. Coffee or milk? Hmmm...

  3. My goodness, they look delicious and I love, love, love that Yosemite Sam glass. I am still to this day a huge Bugs Bunny fan. Thanks for sharing your mother's recipe... :)