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Take to School Treats – Earthquake Cookies

Growing up, we called these Molasses Crinkles “Earthquake Cookies” because of the “quakes” on the surface. I can vividly recall my sister Cynthia making them after school.  They’re fast, simple, full of earthy flavors, travel well in a school lunch and make enough to last the week.

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Earthquake Cookies (Molasses Crinkles) 
Makes about 4 dozen


1/2 cup shortening
¼ cup butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon cloves
½ cup allspice
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 ¼ cup flour

  • Mix thoroughly shortening, butter and brown sugar.
  • Add egg and molasses, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the combined dry ingredients, about 1 cup at a time.
  • Chill dough so it is a bit easier to work with.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Form dough into small balls, about a tablespoon of dough.
  • Roll in white sugar.
  • Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes.

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