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Molasses Ginger Drops
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1 cup sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/4 cup molasses

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt


2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Crystallized ginger

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add molasses, egg and lemon zest. Continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter and lemon juice in bowl. Beat at low speed until smooth. (Add additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, if frosting is too thick.) Spread frosting over cooled cookies. Sprinkle with chopped crystallized ginger.

Tip #1

In the deep south, there lies a fondness for the thick, sweet, iron-rich condiment, molasses. Unlike light and dark molasses which are produced from the juices squeezed from sugar cane, sorghum molasses is the syrup produced from the cereal grain, sorghum.

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