Sorry for my recent blogging lapse — MA essays tend to take precedence at the end of term. To make up for it, here’s a recipe for tasty, spiced molasses cookies that are sure to brighten your winter evenings.
These chewy, warmly spiced molasses cookies scream “holidays.” That’s why I made them — along with these cocoa brownies — for a casual mulled wine evening in mid-December. Adapted from Joy the Baker — I pretty much followed her directions except didn’t roll the cookies in sugar; I think it’s excessive — the cookies turned out soft and chewy with crispy edges. The flavor was great — F loved them — but I found them a bit too cakey. I’d imagined a denser, moister cookie. Maybe I should use more molasses next time? Less flour? Let me know if you have any suggestions.
In any case, chewy molasses cookies are a must for any wintertime holiday gathering, as their ginger and cinnamon spice profile equally complements hot chocolate, mulled wine, or any other warm holiday drink.
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Chewy Molasses Cookies (adapted from Joy the Baker; makes 16-20 medium cookies)
- 2.25 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the first three ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In another medium bowl, beat the spices, butter, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
- Add the egg and molasses to the butter mixture and beat for another minute or so, until the mixture is smooth and lighter colored.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mix little by little, beating on low speed until just incorporated.
- Roll large tablespoonfuls of dough between your palms to make neat little balls of dough. Place them a couple of inches apart on the baking sheet, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookie tops are cracked. Let cool slightly before transferring the baked cookies to wire racks.