Rose McCauley's Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Rose Allen McCauley has been writing for over a decade and has four books published. She is thrilled for this to be her second novella collection with Barbour. A retired Kentucky schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over forty years, she enjoys their growing family of three children and their spouses and five lovely, lively grandkids! She loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website

Rose's Latest Book Release: Courageous Brides
Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?
My story is the one about Elinor. The story was inspired by a hidden room her grandparents found when they re-did the house where Elinor now lives. Although there is no proof, some have said it may have been a station on the Underground Railroad since KY was a border state on the way to Ohio. Pre-order the book HERE. 
Rose's Recipe for Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1⁄2 cup lard (or substitute additional butter or margarine)
11⁄2 cups sugar, plus extra for dipping
1⁄2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cloves
11⁄2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and lard (or substitute) with sugar. Beat in molasses and eggs. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed sugar mixture and blend. Dough will be stiff. Shape dough into small balls. Dip into small bowl of sugar. Place sugar side up on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Cool and store. Makes about 4 dozen. 

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