December 12, 2008

The Most Perfect Molasses Cookie

It started out innocently enough... the 2 or 3 'must have' cookie recipes during the holidays. But each year I would make those plus a few more. And the new ones were added to the 'must have' list as well.

By the time we had been married 15 years the list was to about 19 different recipes and I believe last year it might have been around 26. And, out of all those recipe do we have one that is everyone's favorite? A family favorite? One that every single one of us loves?

We do. And most people would never, ever guess that KIDS would love a molasses cookie. Even the name sounds old fashioned! But this is the ultimate Christmas Cookie. The one that everyone wants the recipe for. Everyone loves.

The recipe makes a triple batch. Mix it up and then divide it into gallon ziploc baggies and mix up each portion as you need it.

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 evenly 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 in your ziploc. 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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