December 03, 2007

Perfect Molasses Cookie

Today I want to share with my readers the one cookie that I will eat about 7 of in one sitting - because they are that delicious and that addicting. Now, it's just a simple molasses cookie with a few spices, but it's... amazing. So amazing that it is the all-time-favorite cookie of my three kids.

Yes, you read that right. My 16, 15 and 11 year old children will chose this cookie first and foremost out of an entire tray with 20 different options. The mix I make up makes three batches if you don't want to make them all at once. Even if you don't 'like' cloves or allspice (I hate cloves) don't leave them out of this cookie! Go ahead and use them... the amounts are small enough you won't hate it, but it's enough to give the cookie just the perfect blend of flavors. I've been making this particular recipe for 10 years now and anticipate making it for another 60 more! Enjoy!

Perfect Molasses Cookies

6 c flour
3 c sugar
1 T baking soda
1 T baking powder
1 T ground ginger
1 T ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground allspice

Mix the above dry ingredients in a very large bowl with a wood spoon or wire whisk. When completely mixed divide the mixture into 3 large ziplock baggies with 3 cups of the mix in each. Make one ziplock at a time.

When you are ready to make cookies;

3/4 c soft butter (real)
1 egg
1/4 c molasses

to each 3 cup dry mix. Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in plain white granulated sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes until the edge is firm and the top is cracked. Cool on the pan for 1 minute before moving to wire racks.

*edited to add*

Here is a bit of feedback I received by email from a reader who enjoyed these cookies!

I just wanted to let you know that you are so right about those molasses cookies. I made the whole batch and kept the dry and it was perfect. I went to a Christmas cookie swap and took those and they were a hit. I saw the hostess tonight at a school function and she told me how great they were and how she kept them from the rest of her family!

Anyway, thanks again. The recipe rocked!


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