Monday, October 13, 2008

First on a long list of choices


I have been working on what I should be putting in my Christmas baked goods box and ever since I have started to feel better it has been my mission. So these were first on the list to try, and boy were they a good start. They reminded me of these cookies that my mom made when I was little. They were just sweet enough and had just enough flavor and crispness to be a great holiday cookie. They also can be made in advance and keep so since it normally is a 3 day affair in making the boxes that would be nice. So I have a few more to try out and see if they should make the cut. I can't wait for Christmas, its my favorite holiday even though I really don't like snow or cold weather, go figure. So testing all of these recipes will just put me in the Christmas spirit.


Molasses Spice Cookies

2 cups of AP Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of sugar divided
3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup of molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside. In a small shallow bowl, place 1/2 of the sugar. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter and the remaining cup of sugar until combined. Add in the egg and molasses and mix until combined. Reduce the speed to low, gradually mix in the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Form tablespoon balls and roll in the bowl full of sugar. Arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 3 inches apart. They spread quite a bit. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the ends of the cookies are just firm. Cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet then completely on cooling racks.

Adapted from Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies by Martha Stewart.

14 comments:

  1. Lovely cookies and I am very glad you are feeling better!

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  2. These sound awesome and very holiday-ish!

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  3. Love you blog and title!! I adore these simple, delicious cookies!!

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  4. the smell of molasses cookies baking simply makes me happy. yours look perfect. :)

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  5. I like the sound of these cookies. Molasses is something that I have been wanting to use more often.

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  6. Katie, I've started wondering about the goodie boxes for the end of the year, too! Your cookies would be a terrific addition.

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  7. Good choice for your Christmas gift boxes. Molasses Cookies. I can hardly wait to see which one you'll be trying next.

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  8. Leslie - Thanks, I'm glad too.
    Noble Pig - They were and they are bringing in the holiday spirit.
    Freya - Thanks, they are deliciously simple that is the best kind of cookie.
    Grace - I know the kitchen smelled really good for a while.
    Kevin - I know, now I am thinking what would they be like with flavored molasses?
    Patricia - Its never to soon to start prepping for the holiday boxes in my house.
    Teresa - I have a lot to go through and test. And I have several functions to bake for too so its going to be a busy month or two.

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  9. yum! these look delicious! the molasses sounds so tasty :)

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  10. You might this list of Christmas cookie recipes helpful! It's a countdown of recipes until Christmas.

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  11. These are my mom's favorite cookies, so I may just have to make them for her this year!

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  12. If it were not your gorgeous molasses cookies that now put me in the Christmas spirit, it definitely was the amazing pumpkin bundt!

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  13. I look forward to seeing all the cookies you chose! These look great, love the crackly exterior!

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  14. I really love chewy molasses cookies!

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