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Spicy Molasses Cookies

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This is one of my all-time favorite holiday cookie recipes: Spicy Molasses Cookies. Rich, chewy, flavorful … and best of all, when they’re baking, they fill the kitchen with the scent of—are you ready?—apple cider! Trust me—it’s really uncanny.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¾ cups Crisco (vegetable Shortening)
  • ¼ cups Molasses
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg together until well combined. Dump in dry ingredients, stirring dry ingredients together lightly. Mix together until dough is combined.

In your hands roll dough into walnut-sized balls, then generously coat each ball with sugar. Place balls on a baking sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes, allowing to bake for about a minute after cookies begin to crack.

Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool…though these are delicious while still warm.

Fun variation: drizzle melted white chocolate in decorative stripes over the top of each cookie. Allow to harden before serving. Or: dip half of each cookie in melted white chocolate. Yum.

Another fun variation: make sandwiches using two cookies and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. Yikes.

Another really fun variation: eat all the cookies yourself, then hide all the evidence.

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memoryworkshop on 12.23.2009

Definitely a family favorite! I’ve been making them regularly since the day you originally revealed them on your site.

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concocting on 2.6.2014

Delicious! I made a double batch with giant cookies and cooked them just a little bit longer for crispy edges and a chewy middle.

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Lacey Maurer on 8.6.2011

I love these cookies! I made them this evening, and, so far, they’re a big hit! Super simple to put together, they smell great, and super delicious. I cooked them a little bit longer, so they got a little crispy around the edges…so yummy! I also didn’t have the cloves or cardamom, so I used 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg instead. I will definitely be making these again.

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habitat67 on 4.16.2011

WOW…. I can’t believe there are only six reviews of this recipe?! I think it may be my favorite PW recipe. I make it all the time. I’ve got it committed to memory. It’s never-fail. ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. I usually put the spice levels on steroids and add a TON more. I like them to really explode with spiciness. Ohhh… and the cardamom is 100% necessary.

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Melanie Eccles on 3.27.2011

This is my all-time favorite molasses cookie recipe (and possibly MY favorite cookie in the world.) Thanks, Ree!!

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catie27 on 1.8.2011

Delish! I love molasses cookies and these were SO quick and easy. It was nice to not have to wait for butter to soften.

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