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Betty Gardner's Molasses Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Rita Cusato Bates
Added: Thursday, October 18, 2007

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3/4 cup margarine (shortening)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups sifted all purpose flour

Directions:
Directions:
Melt shortening in a 3 or 4 quart saucepan over low heat. Let cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg. Beat until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix well. Chill for an hour or so. Once chilled, form into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool on a rack. The cookies will be flat and then crispy when cool.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is the Friend Street "Cookie Lady's Recipe". During the 1970's the children on Friend Street in Manchester, Massachusetts would knock on Betty Gardner's side door for cookies. She made two kinds, one was Rice Crispy Treats and the other was this recipe for Molasses Sugar Cookies. The Bates children, their friends and neighbors all remember her cookies with fondness. Mrs. Gardner, a former teacher, had strict rules: 1. Only one cookie per day and not after 6:00pm. 2. You took the cookie you touched. 3. If her garage door was closed, then she had guests and was not to be disturbed. And lastly, the children must say "please" and "thank you" of course. Late one rainy afternoon, Gary was putting on his raincoat and boots. I asked him where was going and he said "to get a Betty cookie". It was 5: 45pm. I let him go!

 

 

 

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