Virginia Stutts was the epitome of a good southern cook. I was fortunate to also have her as my aunt, my mom's little sister. I don't think there was anything Aunt Ginny made that wasn't delicious. She was famous for her cakes, but one of her lesser known, but utterly good treats are her molasses cookies. I say, "was" because Aunt Ginny passed away from complications related to cancer on her birthday, October 10, 2003. She was very loved by her family, and I wanted to preserve one of my favorite recipes from her, in honor of her life. These cookies are really good, especially eaten hot, whether right from the oven, or days later from the microwave. Be sure to get a good, dark molasses for best flavor.
Aunt Ginny's Molasses Cookies
Makes six dozen cookies.
3 sticks butter, melted
2 cup sugar (plus sugar to roll cookies in)
½ cup dark molasses
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking soda
5 cups all purpose flour
½ tablespoon salt
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Roll in 1-inch balls then roll in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes.
Now, go enjoy some great cookies! Be sure to say thanks to Aunt Ginny when you eat these yummy treats! They are definitely a little Southern Love in Your Tummy! Ya'll come back now, ya here! More great recipes to come!
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