Chewy Molasses Cookies

It’s the 2nd annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen! This year I received cookies from Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen (Lavender Lemon Bars), Betty Ann of Asian in American (Vanilla Sugar Snaps), and Christina of Mele Cotte (Holiday Butter Rings). Check out their blogs to get the recipes for their delicious cookies!

Every winter one of my labmates brings in molasses cookies and they are absolutely to die for. So chewy and full of molasses flavor. Those cookies alone might be my favorite part of the winter holidays. And this year, I finally asked for the recipe and knew I had to make them for the cookie swap.

Surprisingly, even though these cookies are super thin, they are magically chewy. I sent two dozen to each of my matches because they are such thin small cookies. And after all, with 9 dozen I definitely had enough to go around!

The lucky food bloggers to receive these cookies were Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen, Betty Ann of Asian in American, and Julie of ROJ Running. Apparently having a food limitation of “no mint” resulted in some overlap, but I was completely happy with everything I received and hope my matches were too!

Did you miss out this year? Sign up HERE to receive advanced notifications for next years swap!

One year ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies

CHEWY MOLASSES COOKIES

Makes 9 dozen

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling if desired

2 eggs

2/3 cup dark molasses

4 cups sifted flour

4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar into butter. Add eggs and mix. Add molasses and blend.
  2. Sift flour, soda, salt, and spices together in a separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture and mix. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookies sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Roll into balls the size of marbles (they will spread a lot). Roll into granulated sugar, if desired. Place 3 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until dark brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  6. Cookies freeze well.

Source: Kathy, who got it from her friend Jennifer.

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