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Premium molasses, such as Grandma's Molasses, is made from the pure juice of sun-ripened sugarcane. Since brown sugar is simply molasses added to white sugar, you can substitute molasses for most recipes calling for brown sugar. For one cup brown sugar, use one cup granulated sugar and a half cup molasses.
Molasses does not need to be refrigerated. Once open, it should be consumed within one year.
Traditional treats made with molasses offer mouthwatering nostalgic flavor that's well suited to a seasonal get-together. Molasses-flavored treats can also warm both body and spirit after building a snowman or ice-skating.
To savor various ways you can enjoy the delicious flavor of molasses and reap the nutritional benefits, try these recipes:
Gramdma's Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Makes 2 dozen
Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and cocoa. Cream butter and ginger until light. Add molasses and sugar and combine. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix in chocolate and nuts. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 325 F. Roll 1 Tbsp. dough into ball with your palms and flatten into disks. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Cool.
Grandma's Chocolate Pecan Pie
Makes 8-10 servings
Ready-made pie crust, such as chocolate cookie.
In 350 F oven, toast pecans on baking sheet for 4 minutes. Remove. Raise temp. to 375 F. In small pan over low heat, stir butter and chocolate until melted, about 1 minute. In mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Blend in molasses, corn syrup, sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in chocolate mixture and then pecans. Spoon mixture into piecrust and bake until filling is set, 45-50 minutes. Cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add enough water to cover carrots and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced, 10 minutes.
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