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Monday, December 23, 2013

The BEST Molasses Cookies





I have been making these molasses cookies with my mom for years, and they have officially become a tradition. Just the smell brings me back to the 4th grade. It's true, Martha Stewart really knows her molasses cookies! The only changes I have made is I use a teaspoon sized ice cream scoop to ensure equal sized cookies instead of a tablespoon. And with the ice cream scoop I use, it makes 50 cookies, not 36! I believe I have perfected the baking time for my personal preference: hardened edges with a gooey middle.







Recipe adapted from marthastewart.com 

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar (1 cup for dough, 1/2 cup for rolling later)
    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup molasses

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside. (This is for rolling the cookies before baking)
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses (spray measuring cup before adding molasses) until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 teaspoon (I use a 1 teaspoon ice cream scoop). 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 (11 is my sweet spot) 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 completely. Makes 50 small cookies. Store in an airtight container.



Honestly, half of the reason why I love these cookies so much is the smell it gives when they are baking. It always puts a smile on my face. Happy Holidays! 

Stephanie 

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