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Spicy Molasses Cookies!

These are from my friend Laurie. She claims they get better after a couple of days. In fact, this is what she said: "The thing about these cookies is that they get even better after they've been stored a day or two. Chewier and spicier. They are holiday Christmas pros because they know how to outlast all the limp sugar cookies and whiny fruit bars. Go spicy molasses cookies!"

Spicy Molasses Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
very generous 1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsps ground cardamom
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
sugar for rolling (see below)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until smooth.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Stir flour mixture into molasses mixture.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in extra sugar mix (use a mix of plain sugar, muscovado, and turbinado sugar if you are a total baking geek) before placing on baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are set but not browned.

Cool for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

Makes 3 - 3 1/2 dozen cookies!


Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I think you smush 'em. You're welcome!