Joe Froggers and other molasses cookie recipes

Molasses was a popular sweetener in the 18th and 19th century, when sugar was very expensive. It used to be sold in jugs and was used on pancakes and in baking. Molasses is sweet and has a strong flavor. So even though sugar is much cheaper today, molasses is still a popular flavoring.

Molasses comes from the processing of sugar cane. Light molasses comes from the first boil of the sugar cane stalks and dark molasses comes from the second boiling. Blackstrap Molasses comes from the third boiling and is less common in recipes. Dark molasses is a little less sweet and has a stronger flavor, I prefer to use the darker, but really you can use either light or dark in any of these recipes.

Joe Froggers are a classic cookie recipe from New Hampshire, the recipe was supposedly named after the plump little frogs in the neighborhood pond. Molasses typically makes a strong flavored, plain-looking, but delicious cookie. These recipes doesn't make fancy cookies for Christmas,necessarily, but more good tasting everyday cookies.

Joe Froggers Ingredients

1/2 SHORTENING OR MARGARINE
1 CUP SUGAR
1 CUP DARK MOLASSES
1/2 CUP WATER
4 CUPS SHIFTED FLOUR
1 1/2 TEASPOONS SALT
1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
1 1/2 TEASPOONS GINGER
1/2 TEASPOON CLOVES
1/2 TEASPOON NUTMEG
1/4 TEASPOON ALLSPICE
GRANULATED SUGAR

Joe Froggers Instructions

Mix together shortening and sugar. Stir in molasses and water.

Mix together flour and spices.Then blend into shortening mix.

Chill doughs for several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use cooking spray on cookie sheet.

Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on floured board. Cut into 3 inch circles. Sprinkle with sugar and place on cookie sheet. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes.

Leave on the baking sheet for a couple minutes (they are very fragile when just baked) and remove to cool.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Molasses Crinkles Ingredients

3/4 CUP SHORTENING OR MARGARINE
1 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1 EGG
1/4 CUP MOLASSES
2 1/4 CUPS SHIFTED FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
1/4 TEASPOON SALT
1/2 TEASPOON CLOVES
1 TEASPOON CINNAMON
1 TEASPOON GINGER
GRANULATED SUGAR
 

Molasses Crinkles Instructions

Mix shortening,sugar,egg and molasses. Add all dry ingredients together and stir into shortening mixture.

Chill for several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use cooking spray on baking sheet.

Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Dip tops in sugar. Place balls, sugared side up, 3 inches apart on baking sheet. Sprinkle each with a couple drops of water.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until just set, but not hard.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

1/3 CUP SHORTENING OR MARGARINE
1/2 CUP SUGAR
2 EGGS
1/2 CUP MOLASSES
2 TABLESPOONS MILK
1 1/4 CUP SHIFTED FLOUR
1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON
1/4 TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES
1/4 TEASPOON ALLSPICE
1 CUP RAISINS
1/2 CUP CHOPPED NUTS
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA

Sugar Cane

Chewy Molasses Cookie Instructions

Cream shortening and sugar. Stir in eggs, molasses and milk; blend well.

Blend flour and other dry ingredients, stir into shortening mix.

Add nuts, raisins and vanilla.

Chill several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or use cooking spray on cookie sheet.

Drop dough by small teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake about 15 minutes and let stay on the baking sheet for one minute before removing to cool.

makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Stone Jar Molasses Cookies

1 CUP LIGHT MOLASSES
1/2 CUP SHORTENING
1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
2 1/4 CUP SHIFTED FLOUR
1 3/4 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
1 TEASPOON SALT
1 1/2 TEASPOONS GINGER
 

Stone Jar Molasses Cookie Instructions

Heat molasses to boiling, remove from heat.

Stir in shortening and baking soda.

Blend remaining ingredients together, stir into hot molasses mix.

Chill for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or use cooking spray on baking sheet.

Roll out dough very thin and cut out any desired shape.

Bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until set. Keep an eye on these cookies, don't let them overbake.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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