Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wake Up Call

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Nothing beats waking up to wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen. Imagine a thin white vapor trailing gracefully in the air – beginning in the kitchen and then making its way slowly through the house, weaving through each room and arriving at a sleepy head. The vapor forms itself into a finger and stretches ever so carefully to

tap..

tap..

tap..

on the sleepy head’s nose. “Wake up, wake up! There is something delicious being prepared for you in the kitchen”, announces the vapor.

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Sleepy head reluctantly crawls out of bed, half asleep. As he makes his way downstairs, he is greeted with a “good morning” and a plate of warm cookies, fresh out of the oven.

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It is ok to have cookies for breakfast, isn’t it?

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We like to think so.

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P1010015c Oh how I love the smell of cookies baking in the oven. Who isn’t filled with joy when tempted by the penetrating aroma of rich and spicy molasses cookies? It really is a wonderful way to start a new day!

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Soft Molasses Cookies

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening

1 cup light brown sugar – firmly packed and sifted

2 eggs – well beaten

3/4 cup molasses

3/4 cup sour milk (see below)

white vinegar

granulated sugar

1. Sift the flour with the baking soda, ginger and salt.

2. Cream shortening, gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Blend in the well beaten eggs. Add molasses and continue to beat.

4. Alternately add the dry ingredients with the milk, beating until smooth after each addition.

5. Chill dough in refrigerator several hours, or overnight.

6. Turn onto floured surface. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with scalloped cookie or biscuit cutter. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

7. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes.

This recipe yields about 3 dozen, 3-inch cookies.

SOUR MILK: Add 4 teaspoons of white vinegar to the measuring cup first. Add the milk to the same measuring cup to bring the volume to 3/4 cup.

37 comments:

  1. We both made cookies for our kids today....and I think it is perfectly fine to have cookies for breakfast...why not?

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  2. Those look, sound and almost SMELL wonderful! I am curious as to which cookbook the recipe is from??

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  3. It is DEFINITELY ok to have cookies for breakfast! Those look amazing -- thanks for the recipe!

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  4. Oh cookies and coffee for breakfast are the bomb!!

    xo
    LeAnn:)

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  5. Heidi, the recipe book is called Tested Recipes - Successful Baking for Flavor and Texture.

    xo

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  6. Absolutely. Cookies for breakfast are perfectly acceptable. I love molasses cookies!

    xo
    Claudia

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  7. These looks so delicious, Becky. I could eat them any time of day!!

    Please stop by for my giveaway!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  8. Not only is it OK to eat cookies ANY time of the day...or night...but cookies are GOOD for ya..especially THIS kind of cookies. :))

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  9. Molassas cookies are one of my favorites!!! I think I have a rooster just like yours...
    xo
    Penny

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  10. Why not, we eat breakfast for dinner all the time!

    Is that a new guest in your house? I don't think I've seen those lovely feathers before.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  11. Cookies are perfect any time of day or night! Yum.

    Hugs
    Joanne

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  12. I can smell those cookies through blogland now! Smells so good! Thanks for sharing . . Have a nice Thursday!

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  13. My mouth is watering! :)

    ~Liz

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  14. I'm making a cake today for my
    son(s) but cookies are good anytime! Yumm... I will have to try your recipe, I swear I can smell them from here!

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  15. Oh yumm! Yes, cookies for breakfast, cake for breakfast, pie ~ yes please. Just don't tell Mom (*wink)

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  16. Yummm...... it smells so wonderful :-) I love your Rooster!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh my! Any kind of cookies wafting through the house gets me out of bed! Hubby made Oatmeal chocolate chip ones last Sunday. To perfection!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  18. My comment went really weird. I hope you got it!:-)

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  19. I haven't had molasses cookies in years! Probably since childhood. I love anything sweet baking. I frequently make brownies. Going to have to cut some of that out if I'm to fit in my clothes!
    Brenda

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  20. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....and a piping hot cup of my favorite java.....make mine light and sweet please :o)
    Hugz, me and g-dog

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  21. Yummyness! I'd love to wake up to something this sweet! I can almost smell those cookies! I love that your yard bird is watching over them. Or, maybe he's waiting for you to turn your back and he'll be all over them for himself! :)
    Lovely photos too.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  22. Oh, how I would love to wake up to fresh baked goods and coffee or tea being made for me!!! Heaven!!! How about I give you a key to the house?.......

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  23. Hope I get tapped on the nose in the morning. I can smell them now.
    yummy

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  24. Nothing like a cookie and a cup of coffee for breakfast....those look wonderful. sandi

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  25. Okay, I'll be over for breakfast tomorrow!!! We love homemade molasses cookies. We use my mother in law's recipe...tweaked a little.
    And I take it up a notch in yumminess and CALORIES..The best homemade ice-cream sandwich????
    Two soft warm molasses cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched inbetween the two...oh my....
    But I'll take the cup of coffee with a couple for breakfast!
    Yummy pictures. I know I shouldn't but I even give a little tiny pinch to each of the puppers. They think it is such a treat! Hugs!

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  26. These cookies sound delish. I'm needing one right now! Mimi

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  27. Yummy for the tummy! I think that says it all.

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  28. Those look so amazing - that's a wonderful way to wake up!

    Manuela

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  29. Anytime is a good time for a cookie! This recipe looks yummy!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  30. Molasses cookies and cold milk - it doesn't get much better than that!

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  31. Oh Yum - delicious Molasses Cookies! Definitely to be eaten anytime of day.

    These cookies bring back memories for me. :) My mom would bake and fill our cookies jar with these so often.

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  32. Lovely recipe. I can almost smell them!

    Thanks for your kind words re Paul's final treatment. I feel like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders and we have been given a new lease of life! Love Pam

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  33. Cookies for breakfast sounds perfectly delightful!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  34. Oh my those look soooooo good! I'm having so much fun catching up on your gorgeous and inspiring blog today! It's ALL eye candy. Ok, time to go back to drool over more posts! x

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  35. Oo...! I think I can smell them from here. If the taste is as good as the pictures I will be making some soon. Not that they will last long.
    Hello and thanks for a lovely post.
    Have a good weekend.
    Jenny

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  36. YUMMY....Molasses cookies are some of my favorites!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  37. I think I can smell those through my monitor! Now, if I could just grab one. This reminds me of a night long ago when we waited until we thought the boys were asleep. They hubby and I baked some chocolate chip cookies. Footsteps on the stairs......"do I smell something cooking????????" Caught! I recommend chocolate cake for breakfast too, but you must have a glass of milk to wash it down.
    ♥Lallee

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