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Thin Molasses Crisps

Here's a delicious recipe I tried hoping to match those thin windmill cookies I ate as a girl. This is not quite like them, but they are very good! Delicious served with your favorite hot tea. Enjoy! 

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
slivered almonds

In large mixing bowl, cream butter until soft. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg, and molasses, mixing well. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. Add to butter mixture gradually, mixing until flour is incorporated. 



Line a 9"x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap, so that it hangs over sides. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan, packing it tightly, and leveling the top as smooth as possible. Cover dough with plastic wrap. Freeze until very firm, for 4-6 hours. Unwrap and remove dough from pan. Slice into thin slices, no more than 1/8" thick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and decorate with slivered almonds. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, until edges turn lightly brown, 7-9 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes 4-6 dozen.
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