I'd never eaten molasses cookies before, let alone baked them, so this is a new 'flavor' for me - and as far as the flavor:These cookies are really good in a 'different' or 'holiday' way (I'm not able to eat more than 2 at a time, and I probably won't bake but once a year). As far as the smell while baking: Wonderful! My home definitely has that 'holiday baking smell' that no candle can replicate. CHANGES I MADE: I was leary of the 'greasy cookie conundrum' that some other reviewers talked about, so I used 1 cup margarine, 1/4 cup butter flavor shortening, and 1/4 cup butter. My cookies turned out perfectly, without a strong butter flavor nor were they greasy. CHANGES I WILL MAKE NEXT TIME: I will cut the sugar back by 1/3 cup, because my taste buds felt like the unique flavor and spices were competing with the sweetness, and I think the sweetness should be a little less than, say, a chocolate chip cookie as this is a spice cookie, to me. (I've eaten sugar cookies that were less sweet than these, so I do think it's for sure too much sugar.) I give 5 Stars because I think it's a fantastic recipe to build on, and it's a fantastic treat for the holidays that is 'special', not just another sugar cookie.
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I'd never eaten molasses cookies before, let alone baked them, so this is a new 'flavor' for...