Would you consider posting the original recipe please?
This recipe was a bit confusing (3/4 egg? Clarified butter?). IMHO, cookies should be fun to make and not a 3-hour science experiment. Would you consider posting the original recipe, shortening and all? Shortening gets a bad rap, but honestly? It cuts down on the amount of animal-based ingredients in baking, which is often difficult to do. My husband's very favorite snickerdoodle recipe calls for shortening. And they're delicious.
Recipe question for: Rose Levy Beranbaum's Molasses Sugar Butter Cookies
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Nancy, don't be snarky.
Just description and opinion.
So if you don't like this style (and many don't) publishing the original won't be a help.