Feb 23, 2009

Molasses Cookies

Thanks for all the molasses recipes! It turned out to be an impressive collection! I’ve ordered two extra jars … a girl can never be prepared enough.

I happened upon a recipe I really liked. Or better said; I happened upon several recipes I really liked. Rather than choosing one of them, I just combined all of them. Tweaked them a bit -added and subtracted a few things- until I ended up with the most amazing cookies ever. At least I think they are. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside with a very subtle flavor combination. What’s also important to me; they’re not overly sweet.

I now present you Kay’s Cinnamon-Orange-Chocolate-Molasses-Cookies. Wouldn’t that make an awesome Scrabble word? I’ll just call them ‘Molasses Cookies’ :)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 oz dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp ginger
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 orange
1 egg
salt

Directions:

Disclaimer: My photos are slightly different this time because I’ve shot most of them at night.

Grab a big bowl and measure 1 1/2 cups flour. Where would I be without my glass bowl collection?

Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp baking soda to the flour. Now I’m using salted butter, if you don’t, you’ll want to add about 1/2 a tsp salt. Give everything a stir.

Run the flour mix through a sieve.

Wash and grate the zest of 1 orange. Don’t grate too far, the white pithy stuff can be real bitter.

Use a hand-mixer, food processor or (grinds teeth) kitchenaid for this. Combine the butter, sugar, egg and orange zest and mix for about 2 minutes until it’s a fluffy mixture.

There it is! Molasses. I just couldn’t wait to work with it and I wasn’t disappointed. Add 2 tbsp molasses.

Drizzle 1/4 cup honey in there as well along with 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Blitz until it’s a smooth mixture. Add 50% of the flour mix. Blitz. Add the remaining flour. Blitz. There’s your dough!

This chocolate bar was HUGE. Had to shoot wide angle to get every part of this baby in my photo! I’ve used about 2 oz of it and ate the rest. Just kidding! Only ate 2/3 of it.

I’ve put the chocolate pieces in a clean cloth and smacked it! Love this kind of anger management!

Just knead the chocolate in with the dough. Take a bite! It’s sooooo good. It kinda tastes like marzipan.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for an hour—or overnight, as I did.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).

Roll the dough to form balls (1 inch diameter) and place them on a cookie sheet or baking paper. Leave lots of space in-between the cookies. You can also roll them in sugar first, but the thought alone makes me cringe.

Just press them down a bit with a fork. Don’t worry, the press marks will dissapear during baking.

Keep pressing until you have a huge pile of these.

Bake them -depending on the size of the dough balls- for 15 minutes at 350F (175C). They should be lightly browned around the edges, so keep an eye on them during baking.

The molasses combined with the orange and chocolate was amazing! I love how the chocolate peeks out from underneath the cracks in the cookies. Kiddo loved these.


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    19 Comments »

    1. 1

      …how am I ever going to get back on this diet? @.@

      Anneli on Feb 23, 2009 @ 8:13 am Reply
    2. 2

      …and I have everything needed for these – I love soft cookies so will give these a whirl.

      Ann from Montana on Feb 23, 2009 @ 2:04 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Oh my gosh, those look amazing. I can’t wait to try them out!

      Jana on Feb 23, 2009 @ 3:47 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Oh, my!!! They look sooo good! I have a huge jar of molasses in my pantry that I bought in England some time ago and had no idea what to do with it…now I know! Thanks! Keep the recipes coming-they are great!

      Gabriella on Feb 23, 2009 @ 9:36 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Love this recipe!

      I’m addicted to your blog after reading one of your posts over at pioneerwoman.com.

      I wish I could combine a few recipes and come up with something as wonderful as these.

      Going to make these this weekend! Hopefully they freeze well!

      Jenny in Montana on Feb 24, 2009 @ 1:30 am Reply
    6. 6

      Wow! The photos still look stunning even though you took them at night!

      Mrs Ergül on Feb 24, 2009 @ 4:05 am Reply
    7. 7

      These look fabulous…I’ve got to try!

      Sara on Feb 24, 2009 @ 6:01 pm Reply
    8. 8

      those look good!

      I remember in 7th or 8th grade, a friend and I combined two? sugar cookie recipes and created our own cookie! They tasted good to us that night. ‘course it was the middle of the night…can’t believe no one woke up. We couldn’t have been that quiet!

      Kat on Feb 25, 2009 @ 2:22 am Reply
    9. 9

      Your cookies look wonderful, and full of spice. Thanks for sharing!

      Hayley on Feb 25, 2009 @ 3:19 am Reply
    10. 10

      Oh I want to print this one…but where’s the cute little recipe card?

      Sara on Feb 25, 2009 @ 6:38 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Sara, below every posting there’s a printable recipe button. I don’t add recipe cards to all my recipes due to a chronic lack of time :)

      Kay on Feb 25, 2009 @ 6:46 pm Reply
    12. 12

      These look wonderful — what a great collection of flavors!

      ChefBliss on Feb 25, 2009 @ 8:56 pm Reply
    13. 13

      They sound so good! I’m craving them already… Thinking I may try them tonight! But I’m not really craving chocolate and orange at the moment (made a chocolate-orange coffee cake a few weeks back that satisfied my craving for that combination) so I’m thinking maybe I’ll nix those two and put in some pecans instead. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

      Farmer Gal on Feb 26, 2009 @ 12:56 am Reply
    14. 14

      Another superb recipe! My daughter and I devoured a batch in two days. Not feeling too much pity for my son and hubbie who aren’t fond of chocolate!

      Julie in Colorado on Mar 3, 2009 @ 5:42 am Reply
    15. 15

      These molasses cookies look good!

      Kevin on Mar 6, 2009 @ 6:02 am Reply
    16. 16

      I just pulled the cookies out of the oven and they are almost gone. Wow! Thanks again for the recipe. It is go great. Our kids absolutely love them!

      Gabriella on Mar 6, 2009 @ 8:25 pm Reply
    17. 17

      Made these gluten-free using “Pamela’s baking mix” for the flour, brown sugar – all else per the recipe. They turned out flatter (normal for gluten free) but chewy and delicious!

      Ann from Montana on Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:46 pm Reply
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      Made a second time using “Pamela’s Bread mix” – instead of “baking mix” for the flour, upped the molasses a TB, decreased the honey for the same TB, also upped cinnamon a pinch (Gluten free needs a bit more flavoring for the blandness of the flour mix I think). This time they looked like the photos – “plump”. I freeze them and they are crunchy outside, chewing inside.

      Ann from Montana on Mar 23, 2009 @ 4:57 pm Reply
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      Sounds excellent. Hmmm. I wonder when there going to come out with a chocolate colored Ipod.

      Chocolate Execution on Sep 20, 2009 @ 8:06 pm Reply

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