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Molasses Sugar Cookies

Submitted by Melissa Britton

¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
¼ Grandma’s molasses (gold label)
1 egg
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt

Melt shortening in pan, remove & let cool. Add sugar, molasses & egg. Beat well. Sift together flour, soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon & salt.  Add to 1st mixture, mix well, chill.  From 1 inch balls, roll in sugar and place on greased cook sheet, 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 mintues.


Pine Bark

Submitted by Drew Jernigan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Saltine or other soda crackers
2 sticks of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips

Line a deep cookie sheet with non stick foil.  Place a layer of saltines on foil.  In a saucepan melt two sticks of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar.  Bring to a boil for 3 minutes.  Pour mixture over saltines and spread to the edges.  Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 7 minutes (Hot sugar will bubble over if cookie sheet isn’t deep enough!)  Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  After the chocolate chips start looking wet, remove the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate chips around over the top.  Cool and cut into squares.


Forgotten Cookies

submitted by Drew Jernigan

Makes 2-3 dozen

Important: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat until stiff:

2 Egg Whites
a pinch of salt
2/3 c. sugar

Fold in:

1 C. Chopped Pecans
1 t. vanilla
1 C. Chocolate Chips

Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto ungreased foil.  After the oven has preheated to 350 degrees, put the foil directly on the oven rack (not on a cookie sheet) and turn the oven off.  Leave the cookies in the oven for at least 8 hours (overnight is good- don’t open the oven door). Remove cookies from foil and store in an airtight container.  

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