Molasses Filled Cookies

 

Serves: 36

Aunt Edna Cushing's Recipe

 

Filling for Cookies:

cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 cups ground raisins

cup water

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Cookie Dough:

cup sugar

1 egg

cup molasses

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/3 cup vegetable shortening

1/3 cup of hot water

4 cups flour

 

Filling: Cook until thickens - keep stirring and watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Let cool and then add 1 tsp. vanilla.

 

In a large bowl mix sugar, egg, molasses, vanilla, salt and baking soda. In another bowl mix shortening with water until melted. Add to large bowl mixture.

 

Starting with 4 cups of flour, mix a little at a time until three cups of flour is mixed. Turn onto a heavily floured counter/board and continue adding flour until mixture isn't sticky and able to cut and pick up with a spatula to transfer cut pieces to a cookie sheet.

 

Divide dough into smaller quantity (maybe 4 balls). Roll dough out onto heavily floured board until its about 1/8" thick. Add flour as necessary by sprinkling over the rolled dough and also the rolling pin.

 

Cut with round doughnut cutter.

 

Place on cookie sheet, spoon 1 FULL tsp. of filling into center of each cookie, place another cookie on top and press about four places around the edge to close.

 

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes on greased cooking sheet.