Holy Santa Claus sh*t! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. Long story short: the Navy. We’ve moved twice in the past few months and have lived in three different places (duh?) in 2015. Now we are settled down in Virginia. Well not we. Well sort of we. My other half has been deployed since August so it’s really just been me and the dogs here. I had planned on getting back into blogging as soon as we moved here but it suddenly dawned on me that me being alone = barely any cooking. There have been many weeks where I order pizza and eat it for several meals in a row. Cooking is a family event and when your present family members are dogs, well…your motivation to cook goes away. Sorry that was depressing.
However, the weather has been amazing here. The high has been about 55 the past couple of days and I have been in the best mood ever. Yes, you read that right. I love cold weather. I love snow, I love rain, I just love chilly days. Chilly days like these really get me in the mood for the holidays, even though it’s only mid-October. But actually, I’ve already seen Christmas stuff out at the stores so I guess I’m not the only one.
Holidays equals lots of food. And lots of baked goods that have either cinnamon or nutmeg or any type of spice in it. I will say yet another thing that may seem blasphemous to most of you: I hate pumpkin spice. Yes, I’ve had it. No, it’s not good. I just don’t like it, I’m not sure why. Now if we’re talking about apple cider and all things apple flavored, then that’s a different story.
However, one of my favorite holiday cookies is a molasses cookie. It has small hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as ginger. And did I mention I love molasses? I find that it’s really an underrated ingredient to work with. I’ve made sauces to baste chickens with in the oven that have molasses and it’s amazing every time.
This recipe is intense with molasses flavor and the amount of spice can be adjusted to your tasting. This is also a very fool proof recipe, as I am completely baking impaired but these turned out super chewy and awesome.
Time: 10 minutes prep + baking time
Makes about 1 dozen cookies
2 cups flour
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 stick of unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Extra white sugar to roll dough in
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar.
- Add your molasses and egg. TIP: molasses is crazy sticky so spray your measuring cup with oil to make it WAY easier to add
- Once combined, add in your dry ingredients in 4 parts, making sure to scrape down the bowl every time.
- Take golf ball sized pieces of dough and roll into a semi-flat ball. Cover one side in the white sugar and place on your baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes.