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
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
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
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and beat until smooth.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined.
- 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.
- Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely
- Store in an airtight container.
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