Friday, January 28, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Aunt Vera's Molasses Cookies

Aunt Vera (Haley) Stuber made these delicious cookies.   They were a favorite with Weldon LeMaster.  He remembers them being as large as saucers.   Note the quantities of ingredients and assume the recipe made a lot depending on size.   I had no directions for the recipe as to how long to bake and what temperature, so I referred to a modern cookbook.  

    1 1/2 pounds lard                                              
    3 pounds brown sugar                                           
    1 pint sorghum molasses                                        
    12 eggs                                                        
    2-4 tablespoons baking soda                                    
    2 tablespoons cinnamon                                         
    5 pounds flour       
Mix lard and brown sugar.  Add molasses and eggs; mix well.  Add soda cinnamon and flour.  Chill and roll into small balls and bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes.   Cookies freeze well.  This recipe can be cut in half.

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1 comment:

Nancy said...

I don't know how old this recipe is but as I read it, I thought about how much I love my KitchenAid mixer. Ladies who used lard probably mixed by hand.

Because Weldon remembered these cookies as large as saucers, I wonder if instead of rolling them in balls, Aunt Vera rolled out the dough on a flat surface, then cut them with a cookie or biscuit cutter (or, in the case of sauce size, with a bowl!). I love molasses cookies.