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Category: Desserts

Cry Babies

Cry Babies
Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: My friend Jane, 94, fondly remembers moist molasses cookies from her childhood called Cry Babies. She thinks they were called that because after tasting them, people always cried for more. She lost the recipe she got from her ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Makes 84 cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, plus more for preparing baking sheet
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup strong, hot brewed coffee
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking sheet and set aside.

Step 2Cream together the butter and sugar. Dissolve the baking soda in the coffee, then add to the butter mixture along with the molasses. Mix well.

Step 3Combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add to the butter mixture, mixing well. Fold in the raisins and nuts.

Step 4Drop the batter by the teaspoonful onto the baking sheet. Bake until the cookies spring back slightly when touched, 10 to 12 minutes. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

Each cookie:
66 calories; 66 mg sodium; 6 mg cholesterol; 3 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 9 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 0.30 gram fiber.
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