Wednesday, December 21, 2016

spiced molasses cookies

we absolutely love baking christmas cookies every year.  we always enjoy molasses cookies, and we equally enjoy ginger cookies too.  this year we couldn't decide between the two, so we combined them into one cookie . . . thus, spiced molasses cookies!

the molasses gives these cookies a deep, rich flavor and all of the spices give them a wonderful kick.  they smell amazing as they bake in the oven.  our whole house smelled like christmas.  a nice little added bonus, is the surprise of finely minced crystallized ginger hiding in these cookies!  we're hoping these cookies will be a hit this christmas!

spiced molasses cookies
prep time: 5-10 minutes
baking time: 10-12 minutes
yields: approximately 4 dozen cookies
adapted from very merry cookie party

ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized candied ginger

directions:
preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugar together.  beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).  mix in the molasses.  add flour, baking soda, and spices.   mix just until combined.  fold in the chopped ginger.  scoop 1 teaspoon sized balls of dough into your hands and roll them into balls.  place the dough balls onto the cookie sheet and flatten each ball gently with the bottom of a drinking glass.  bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.  once baked, allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

enjoy!
love, laurie

1 comment:

Ma Pa C said...

They look delicious and I bet they made the house smell wonderful. Can't wait to taste them.