Spiced Molasses Cookies
These are my FAVORITE! I only make them once a year or I'd eat them all the time! The crescents are always a huge hit.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- About 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat
together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and
molasses. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing
until blended. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or
for up to 8 hours.
Preheat an oven to 350° F. Grease 2 baking sheets.
Place a large sheet of waxed paper on a work surface and sprinkle it
with the granulated sugar. Using your palms, shape the dough into balls
1 1/4 inches in diameter. Then roll the balls in the granulated sugar,
coating them evenly. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheets,
spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Using the tines of a fork, press the fork into each cookie, pushing down to create a decorative top.
Bake until just set and lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from
the oven and let cool on the sheets for 10 minutes. Gently transfer
cookies to racks and let cool completely. Store in an airtight
container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Makes about 40 cookies.