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The Joy of Cookies

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A selection of readers’ favorite Christmas cookie recipes tested by the Times.


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Mom's Spicy Molasses Drops

3/4 cup solid shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
21/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Granulated sugar for dipping

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and rest of ingredients, except the sugar for dipping. Fold in to moisten. Form into balls, then dip in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Reader note: Smells so good when baking. This was one of my favorites — so easy to do, easy to store. With 11 kids in the family, keeping cookies on hand was a chore.
Source: Jo Peapples, Brooksville

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