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1995 1st Place: Swedish Spice Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Colleen Ries, 1995 Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest
Servings: 60
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

2 1/4  cups  All-purpose flour, sifted
2  teaspoons  Baking soda
1  teaspoon  Ground cloves
1  teaspoon  Ground ginger
1  teaspoon  Ground cinnamon
1  teaspoon  Salt
3/4  cup  Unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2  cups  Sugar
1    Egg
1/4  cup  Molasses

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheet(s) ready. Sift together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt; set aside.

2. Beat the butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar in large bowl of an electric mixer on high speed until light, 1 minute. Add the egg and molasses; mix well. Stop the mixer and add the flour mixture. Mix just until combined.

3. Using about 1 1/2 teaspoons dough for each, roll dough into balls. Roll in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar so they are fully coated. Arrange on baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. If you prefer a thin, crisp cookie, they may be flattened with a glass that has been dipped in sugar.

4. Bake until set, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

First-place winner in the 1995 Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest: by Colleen Ries.

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