Christmas Cookies Like Grandma Made

Just Baked Christmas Cookies

Just Baked Christmas Cookies

I made Christmas cookies this week to give as gifts for my co-workers. Of course I wanted to use Aunt Lillian’s recipes. The best ones from her cook book for Christmas were her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which I’ve already blogged about and a new one I tried. These were her Molasses Fruit Cookies. Both are sure fire hits that everyone loves!

Here I am with the finished batch of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Both of these cookies stay moist and chewy forever – and I mean forever!

Lillian’s Molasses Fruit Cookies were interesting. I needed to find a similar molasses cookie recipe that had raisins and nuts – not such a common thing in Molasses Cookies, but not uncommon either as I found in searching the internet. Here is Aunt Lil’s recipe:

Making Sour Milk for Molasses Cookies

Making Sour Milk for Molasses Cookies

Molasses Fruit Cookies

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Make your soured milk by mixing 1/2 tablespoon of lemon with 1/2 cup milk. Let this sit for 15 minutes. Stir once more and its now ready for your recipe. Set aside.

Molasses Cookies Straight from the Oven

Molasses Cookies Straight from the Oven

Next sift flour, baking soda, salt, ginger & cinnamon together. Cream sugar with the softened butter and then add beaten egg and molasses. Add sifted ingredients alternately with the soured milk in small amounts to make a batter. Add the nuts and raisins. This will be a very wet batter. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes. Cool on racks.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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