Thursday, December 6, 2012

Molasses Cookies!

Christmas time always seems to be associated with molasses because of gingerbread. Instead of gingerbread I thought I would make some molasses cookies. The recipe comes from a cookbook that was published in 1949. One of my hobbies, I suppose, is collecting old cookbooks. I love the recipes that they have because they are so different than what's in books now. For example, in this recipe the original version asks you to "remove from fire and add butter". The fire...I love it.

This is a really easy recipe that can be made quickly (less than a 1/2 hour, easy) but the recipe below only makes about 15 - 2" cookies, more if they're smaller. My husband actually spread some peanut butter in between two and made a cookie sandwich. I found it surprisingly good. My three year old loved them, he kept asking for more. I'm not sure how often I will make them but I know that they will be welcome in the house :)

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Molasses Cookies
Makes about 15 2” cookies

- ¼ cup molasses
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ginger
teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Heat molasses about 20-25 seconds in the microwave until hot, then stir in the butter until melted. Stir in the flour, ginger, and salt.
2. Scoop the batter out in 2 teaspoon portions on a sheet pan lined with parchment or a Silpat. Bake 9-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

Printable recipe

Recipe adapted from The Christmas Cookie Book (printed in 1949)

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  1. I love molasses cookies, but have never seen a recipe this simple. I love it! The shorter the list of ingredients, the better. :)

    1. I completely agree! Short ingredients lists are the best! :)

  2. Molasses cookies are very festive. The recipe looks so simple. They must have a strong molasses flavor - yummy.

    1. There is a strong molasses flavor, definitely for people who love molasses :)


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