Friday, November 04, 2011

Resolutions and Molasses Cookies

Yesterday I made molasses cookies.  And I was talking to my brother at the same time.  He asked me if I was going to take any pictures of the cookies and post them on my blog.  I said probably not.  He asked why.

I said, "Because I have so many pictures just sitting around on my hard drive from last spring and this summer and I don't have time to get through all of them so why add more pictures to the pile?"
He said, "You should just post one a day and don't worry about making each post a massive epistle."
I said, "Yeah, you're right."

Here's to more posts but less length.  Not every day, that's a bit much.  Just more often.  We'll see how it goes...

So, without further ado.... Here are some Molasses Cookies to kick off the season of snow and good cheer (unless you live in Loma Linda, in which the snow is missing.  But we have plenty of good cheer!  Barry and I already had a christmas present planning session.  We can't wait!)

Molasses Cookies for Barry

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (try it with half white whole wheat)

2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened (try it with 6 TBSP of applesauce to replace 6 TBSP of the butter)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies
1 large egg (I used 3 Tbsp apple butter instead)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses

1. Whip butter and sugar until light.  (2-3 minutes)  Add vanilla and molasses.  Whip until mixed.
2. Combine all other dry ingredients and mix well.
3.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Mix well.
4.  Roll small balls of dough in your hands and then flatten.  Place on cookie sheet.
5.  Sprinkle sugar on top.
6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  You want them to still be a little undercooked when they come out of the oven.  They WILL harden as they cool.


Jackie said...

I love that idea, and those cookies! I've been making super yummy treats from the ideas I get on Pinterest. It's been delicious, and fuels my need of running lol.

Joel said...

I hope my inspiration earns me the right to receive in-kind licensing fees for each post... ;)

Jonas said...


Dad told us that our Great-Grandmother Waskey made some fine Molasses cookies. We never got the chance to try them ourselves, but we grew up happily munching Dad's reincarnations. All of this I'm sure Barry has told you...

Molasses cookies are dear to Howe hearts. These look like they fit the bill! :)

Elissa Lombard said...

That is an excellent resolution, I'll look forward to more frequent posts.

Speaking of snow and good cheer, will there be snow in your future?
One of my wishes is that you'll spend Christmas in the promised land..

Caitlin said...

I think I'll add this one to my festive baking to-do list! Christy you never cease to inspire me :) Big Hug!

Lorrie said...

I am going to try these! I was asking Google for a molasses cookie recipe and it brought up my blog options....Google is so smart. I have never thought to use apple butter instead of eggs...but that delights me because I recently made a vegan molasses cookie recipe that tasted like embellished communion bread. So I look forward to making these. :)

Lorrie said...

My update and review: Absolutely delicious!! My new favorite molasses cookies recipe. Thank you for sharing! Yum!

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