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This is not bragging, this is just the truth. I can bake like nobody's business. One of my all time baking favs for the holiday are my chewy molasses cookies. Here is my Christmas gift to you! Enjoy!

Molasses Cookies

Makes about 60 two-inch cookies (enough to share!)
Preheat oven to 375

- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsulphured dark molasses
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 cup coarse or granulated sugar for topping

In a large bowl, beat butter and lard until soft. Slowly add and beat in two cups of granulated sugar. Beat in the eggs and molasses.

In a second large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Dough will be soft.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until dough is firm.

Roll dough into two-inch balls, and then roll each in the coarse sugar. Place balls about three inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until lightly cracked on top. Watch them carefully towards the end of they cooking tim so they don't get burnt on the bottom. Cool slightly and remove to a wire rack and cool completely. 

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