I am a confirmed chocoholic. If a tray of Christmas cookies is set before me, I will almost always choose one with chocolate. On our family baking day this year, chocolate was a key ingredient in two of our four cookies.
That said, one of my favorite cookie recipes has no chocolate! They are a little spicy, a little chewy, and the perfect cookie to pair with a good cup of strong coffee. Delightful.
CRINKLE TOP MOLASSES COOKIE
Form into walnut-sized balls. If desired, roll in coarse sugar.
Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
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* The original recipe was the 2002 winner of the Good Morning America Christmas Cookie Contest. I have altered the recipe a bit...I doubled it, and replaced half of the shortening with butter to reduce the amount of trans fat. Next time I may experiment wth using all butter. (All butter can't be bad, can it? ~wink~)