The other day, we decided to skip naptime and spend the afternoon baking instead. * side note, it would appear that naptime is evolving into more of a quiet time – which is not actually that quiet since my kind elderly neighbour lent J some bongo drums. But that is beside the point. These cookies are one of my favourite. My mother-in-law started sending these cookies over a few years ago, they are a go-to in her baking line up – and for good reason: they have all the delicious flavour of a ginger snap cookie, but instead of being crunchy, they are deliciously chewy. They are also pretty simple to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients. What they do require is a bit of time, since the recipe makes 8 dozen small cookies. I say the way to tackle these is at the dining room table, with a classic christmas flick (White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation, any of those would do), and perhaps some mulled wine.
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking soda
Stir soda into molasses , set aside * make sure you use a good size bowl – the mixture will increase in size
Cream (room temperature) butter and sugar
Add eggs, mix well
Add molasses/soda, mix well
Add dry ingredients, mix well
Form into balls (I use a cookie baller so they come out uniform in size)
Roll in sugar to coat
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Bake 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees * I find that 10 is the best for my oven, but it might be worthwhile to try a tester cookie to see where you land.
* let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
Yeild 8 doz small cookies or 4 doz larger cookies.
After all our baking was said and done, we bagged up a bunch of cookies and J delivered them to some of our neighbours – kids are such great purveyors of holiday cheer. Hope you’re having a sweet December!
P.S. Another one of my favourite holiday treats here.