You can chalk this effort up to wanting to make something without chocolate. I’ve tried this particular recipe a few times before, but for some reason, the results have been dramatically different each time. Only once was I able to get them to turn out like picture. However, with a little bit of tinkering (mainly the removal of the ground cloves—they can be a bit overpowering), I was able to come up with a version that not only tastes pretty excellent, but is rather easy on the eyes. They’re actually very similar to the Dutch Cocoa Cookies I’m so fond of (the “crackling” comes from rolling them in sugar) in terms of looks, but taste dramatically different. Ya know, being made with molasses and all.
INGREDIENTS (slightly modified from Anne Burrell’s recipe for the Food Network)
- 2 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 + 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for coating
DIRECTIONS (makes about 24 cookies)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand up mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
- Add the egg and then the molasses until thoroughly combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl for maximum mixiness.
- Add the flour in thirds and mix until just combined. Over mixing will basically ruin your life. Don’t do it.
- Roll dough into 1 + 1/4″ balls and toss in the granulated sugar, completely coating. The dough is going to seem a little “wet.” Fret not.
- Arrange the balls of dough on your baking sheet (about 2″ apart) and give ’em a gentle smoosh.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until cracks begin to form.
- Remove from oven and let sit on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Give ’em to the old biddies at church. Old biddies like molasses cookies. Reminds ’em of growing up during the Depression and they don’t require teeth.