Soft Molasses Spice Cookies

Nor M.


Going back to an oldy but goody! This is a recipe I created by changing up an old recipe to be more modern. I added orange zest, spice, raisins, butter, and instead of a rolled cut out cookie. I made it much easier. I also added an icing. Which topped them off nicely. They are so very delicious! They will make a wonderful addition to any Christmas cookie platter.

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2-3 dozen
20 Min
10 Min


1/2 c
packed brown sugar
1/4 c
shortening ( do not substitute)
1/3 c
softened butter
1/2 c
dark mollasses ( i used blackstrap brand)
1 Tbsp
orange zest
1 Tbsp
cider vinegar
2 1/2 c
1 1/2 tsp
ground ginger
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1 c
raisins optional


11 oz
bag white chocolate chips
1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp
1/2 Tbsp
orange zest optional


2 c
powdered sugar
3 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
orange zest


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1Heat oven to 375° Mix on low shortening and butter together. Add in brown sugar and blend well. Add in the egg. Beat on low until blended.

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2Add mollasses, orange zest snd vinegar. Mix together until incorporated. Sift flour, spices, baking soda,baking powder, and salt in to batter. Mix on low until it holds together well. Mix in the raisins.

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3Chill dough at least 30 minutes. Roll dough in to 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press down on each ball with the palm of your hand flattening the ball. Bake ar 375 on center rack of oven about 6-8 minutes. They will be soft and springy. Cool on rack. Do Not overbake. If you overbake they will be dry.

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4Make white chocolate icing:
Place white chocolate chips into a Non stick sauce pan. Mix in the shortening. Melt over low heat stirring constantly. until melted. Mix in orange zest.

Alternate icing: mix all ingredients together until smooth. Ice cookies. Let frosting dry.

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5Place a dollop of icing on center of each cookie. Spread over each cookie. You may also put icing into a Ziploc bag. Push in to the tip of bag corner. Snip off corner and drizzle icing over the cookie if preferred. Refrigerate until frosting sets. Remove from fridge. Serve!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids