Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wishing Cookies

Wishing Cookies

This recipe calls for the dough to be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters. I don't think I have ever done that and I have been making these for over 10 years. The recipe came from a Crafting Traditions magazine from 1995. Is that magazine still around? If you like molasses, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel, you will like these cookies.

Wishing Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1  1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons of molasses
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon of grated orange peel
3  1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Icing: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk

Cream butter and sugar together. Add molasses through orange peel. Mix the dry ingredients together separately and then add that to the wet mixture Cover  and chill the dough at least 2 hours. I chill the dough at least overnight because I think it gets the flavors to meld together more. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inched apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with your fingers. They will spread out when they bake. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Bottoms will be slightly golden. Let the cookies rest on the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to cool. After the cookies have cooled, mix the icing ingredients together and spread on the top of each cookie. Allow to dry at least one hour. I layer wax paper between the cookies when I store them. This make 6 dozen cookies. Maybe next year I will try them as cutout cookies.


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