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’ :)
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
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.