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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies #ChristmasCookies


      It is funny that even though I come from a very German family on my dad's side, gingerbread wasn't really a holiday staple.  We always had sugar cookies, and crescent cookies, there was always peanut brittle and a variety of other cookies and candies.  But we never really got into the molasses and spiced cookies.  My husband's German family, however got a bit more into gingerbread.  His uncle Doug and family make and send gingerbread men from Washington state each year.  It is the highlight of his grandma's Christmas season, I think.  She gets the lot of gingerbread men and picks out a couple for each of the family members.  But I think Matt's dad takes the cake on gingerbread loving.


    So I always try to make sure he is around when we have a gingerbread treat.  I made him gingerbread goats last year as they have goats on their farm.  I've also brought him gingerbread loaves and other spiced treats.  But this year, I thought it would be fun to make something a bit different.  Instead of a crisp and snappy cookie, I thought it would be fun to make a softer version.



     So now we have another Christmas-time favorite.  It has just enough spice and that rich molasses sweetness.  But instead of a crunch when you bite into it, you get a nice soft cookie chew.  It is nice to have a bit of variety after all.  We ate these plain, but they would be great dunked in white chocolate too.  Maybe just the bottoms, for a bit of a snap followed by a soft cookie? Hmmmm.  I better get to baking another batch so I can give that a try!




Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies
makes about 4 dozen cookies


Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
additional sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and molasses and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Roll into 1" balls, then roll into sugar. Place a couple of inches apart on a baking sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned.  
  6. Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely
  7. Store in an airtight container. 







     Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

12 Days of Cookies Day 6 


Cherry Kiss Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies from Making the Most of Naptime

Jewelled Fruitcake Bars from A Palatable Pastime

Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table

Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies from Cooking With Carlee

Spiced Pretzel Walnut Cookies with Chocolate Chips from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Susensky from A Day in the Life on The Farm







20 comments:

  1. Nothing like a soft molasses cookie. I literally can taste the molasses, clove and cinnamon now. Mmmm with an iced cold glass of milk or coffee...YUM!! Send them express, lol!! Have a wonderful day!!

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    1. I'll send some your way!! Have a great one, Andrea!

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  2. It's been a long time since I had molasses cookies. Yum! Pinned and shared.

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  3. Looks great :) I love molasses everything, cookies in particular.

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  4. Hi Carlee, I am so excited about the work extra surfaces I'm going to have in my pokey kitchen and I can't wait to get baking again. I should be allowed back in in a couple for days.

    I don't think I've rad one of your recipes that I've not wanted to make. These soft and spicy cookies do sound good, I'm going to have problems deciding where to start!

    xx

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    1. It is hard to decide, isn't it?! Thank you so much. It will be fun to have the extra space and a couple of days isn't too long to wait!

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  5. I'll take soft molasses over crisp cookies any day!

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    1. Me too! Gingersnaps are ok, but I prefer chewy cookies to crunchy ones

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  6. These sound and look so perfect for Christmas!!! :)

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  7. Hi Carlee,
    WoW, your Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies look amazing, they need to be in my cookie Jar! We really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. What wonderful flavors and yummy looking cookies! Thanks so much for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

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  9. Unless I'm eating a biscotti I like my cookies to be soft and yummy. These look perfect to me. My mom used to make molasses cookies when we were little, adding the ginger, cinnamon and cloves make this 2 of my favorites in one treat! Yes! These would be so good with the cup of coffee I'm drinking right now!

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  10. Oh my gosh Carlee! I don't know if I have enough flour in the house to get all these cookies made!

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    1. There's always more! I picked up another bag at the store yesterday "just in case" I need it this weekend. Apparently I had the same thought before as there were already two bags in the pantry, not to mention the one in the bin already. I guess I better get baking!

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