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Recipe Review – Spice Cookies

Advent Spice Cookies

I love baking and making sweet treats, so much, in fact, that I restrict myself to birthdays and special occasions to keep from eating too many sweets!

Tis the season to make treats and goodies for friends and family. I wanted to try a new cookie recipe and pulled this out of an old favorite church cookbook that I’ve had for about 17 years.

They’re chewy with a bit of crunch, a bit like a gingerbread cookie, but with a bite of cloves. Very yummy!

Spice Cookies

  • 3/4 cup soft shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, dried and ground
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Mix shortening, sugar, egg and molasses (I used my stand mixer). Sift together all remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture. Chill dough. Shape dough into balls (I used a disher/cookie scoop). Roll balls in granulated sugar, placing 2-3 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (I make all my cookies on mine!).

Bake 375° for 10 – 12 minutes. Cookies should be set but not hard. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack or clean dish towel. Recipe makes 3-5 dozen cookies, depending on the size of each cookie.

Advent Spice Cookies

Cookie dough, mixed and ready to chill.

Advent Spice Cookies

My handyVollrath disher.

Advent Spice Cookies

Dough balls, rolled in granulated sugar and ready to bake on my silicone baking mat.

Advent Spice Cookies

Fresh out of the oven…yum!

Advent Spice Cookies

Enjoy!

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I have oodles (and oodles!) of digital photographs. Up until about 2005, I kept them in tidy albums, organized by dates. Then this weird thing happened.

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At first, I continued to have my photos printed, but eventually, I realized I was taking way too many pictures to do that. So I began archiving them on a multitude of discs, then eventually on an external hard drive. Have I gone back to dig out those discs and look at those photos? Do I regularly visit my million and one photo files?

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My darling daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday.

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My son with all the awards he won at the end of the last school year.

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