Sunday, August 29, 2010
Cookie Recipe #239 - Molasses Slices
Two spicy molasses cookies put together with a buttercream frosting makes a luscious sandwich.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1 egg, 1/2 cup molasses, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour. Frosting: 2 tablespoons butter, softened, 2 cups powdered sugar, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, enough milk to make of spreading consistency.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening; add granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, mixing well. Beat in egg and molasses until combined. Gradually beat in flour until thoroughly incorporated. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours or until easy to handle.
Divide dough in half and shape each half into a 9-inch long roll. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and chill for 4-24 hours or until firm enough to slice (I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes after it had refrigerated about an hour and it was firm enough for me to slice).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven about 8 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Make frosting: In medium bowl, beat butter and vanilla; add powdered sugar and about 2-3 tablespoons of milk. Beat, adding more milk as necessary to make of spreading consistency. Spread bottom of half the cookies with a generous amount of frosting; top with remaining half of cookies, bottom side down.
Makes about 3 dozen sandwiches.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.