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Sunday, April 29, 2012

♥ Frosted Molasses Cookies ♥

•1 cup butter, softened
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•2 eggs
•1 cup dark molasses
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 tablespoon ground ginger
•1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
•2 teaspoons baking soda
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
•1 cup buttermilk

•1/4 cup shortening
•1/4 cup butter, softened
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 cups confectioners' sugar
•1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
•4 teaspoons 2% milk
•Colored sprinkles, optional

•In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, molasses and vanilla. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

• Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

• For frosting, in a small bowl, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and ginger. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Spread over cookies. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.

~~Taste of Home December/January 2006~~

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