Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies - Operation Baking Gals

Today, I started my baking for Operation Baking Gals.  I have made three different cookies, so far.  I am hoping to bake another tonight and a few tomorrow so I can ship them out, at the beginning of the period of time.  I usually get there on the last day.




One time when I baked for the soldiers, I used Taste of Home since they have easy and durable cookies.  Other times, it was a random decision.  This time, I am baking Martha Stewart recipes.  The two I made, so far, were good.  One, I loved and the other was OK.


These chewy molasses cookies were fabulous.  Baked correctly, the outer rim is a little crisp and the inside is chewy, a delight to the tongue.
 
Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies -- Everyday Food, December 2005
  • Yield Makes 36

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened  (I cut this down to 2 sticks, 1/2 cup and it was fine.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Method:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat margarine and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.
  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
  4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool.
When you bake these, take the spacing seriously.  These do spread a lot.






    11 comments:

    1. Yum! I love the flavor of molasses cookies, and these sound terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. These look yummy! Love the taste of molasses.

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    3. I just made some molasses cookies last week and they were a hit! You can't go wrong with flavors like that :)

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    4. I was just thinking about molasses cookies. These look terrific.

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    5. Those sound really delicious...yum!

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    6. Mmm, mmm! Those are my favorite kind of molasses cookies, Chaya. :-) I will have to make these for my brother soon. :-)

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    7. My cookies always spread too much. I stopped using so much butter, added shortening instead and the spread lessened... still tasted great.

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    8. Chaya, I am going to have to try these, they sound GREAT! I always love a good, chewy molasses spice cookie.

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    9. I do so love molasses in cookies! That dark, rich, spicy flavor is dreamy delicious!

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