Spiced Molasses Cookies
 
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Chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside molasses cookies with plenty of winter spices to keep you warm!
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Serves: 30 cookies
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground star anise (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ⅔ cup molasses
  • 1 cup raw or granulated sugar, for rolling
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, star anise and black pepper. If you have whole spices, you can grind up the ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, star anise and black pepper in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, otherwise pre-ground is fine. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine your brown sugar and butter, and beat until well combined, at least 3 minutes (if you do not incorporate your sugar and butter properly, the cookies will fall flat). Add in your egg, beat to combine, then add in your egg yolk, and beat to combine. Pour in your molasses and beat to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until smooth and just moistened.
  3. Place your 1 cup of raw or granulated sugar in a bowl and line your baking sheets with parchment and/or grease well. Place 2-tablespoon sized dollops (or use a cookie scoop, my secret weapon) in the bowl, and roll them around until they are covered well in the sugar. Place the cookies about 1-1/2 inches apart on your baking sheet (I did about 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for 10-12 minutes, until just set but now browned. Allow to cool slightly before storing and/or serving. These will keep well in an airtight container for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2014/10/29/spiced-molasses-cookies/