Molasses cookies are cookies that are near and dear to my heart. It wasn’t every day that there were Molasses cookies in the house, unlike my dads infamous chocolate chip cookies… those were there every week! No, the Molasses cookies recipe was something that my mom dug out every year right about this time and when she baked them the entire house started to smell like Christmas and the holiday season. Seeing as how Christmas is only 50 days away (I know – you better start your Christmas shopping… it will be here before we know it!) I decided it was fitting that I start to get into the holiday spirit (not like I haven’t been for the last month anyways.)
Molasses cookies are so easy to make. All you do is combine all the ingredients into a big bowl, roll the dough into balls, coat in sugar and bake! How easy is that? One little trick my mom taught me is always make sure to chill the dough before rolling the dough into balls – it makes life so much easier. Trust me.
They are the perfect after dinner treat with a big cup of coffee or tea!
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
¾ cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1. Combine the flour, cloves, ginger cinnamon and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In a large stand mixer combine the butter, sugar, egg and molasses. Mix for a minute or two until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. Once chilled, scoop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time and roll into balls. Roll them around in a small cup of sugar and set onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. Eat in moderation – try to stick with under 10 per day!!