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Coffee-Glazed Molasses Cookies

I dreamed up these molasses cookies while sipping coffee and watching snow fall. The aroma from the baking cookies reaches all corners of the house. —Faith Ford, Big Lake, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in molasses, egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, spices and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape dough into rounded tablespoonfuls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to set. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, cream and coffee granules until blended; drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
  • Freeze option: Freeze shaped balls of dough on baking sheets until firm. Transfer to airtight containers; return to freezer. To use, roll balls in remaining sugar. Bake and decorate cookies as directed, increasing time by 1-2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 106 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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