Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe

The other evening Pierce was doing his reading homework.  He is supposed to read for 20 minutes each night.  I had started him on Little House on the Prairie as I worked on dinner.  A few minutes into it, he asked me to clarify a word.  I looked over and said, "molasses", which was what Laura and Mary were eating on their bread.  Pierce said, "What's molasses?"  I was surprised Pierce didn't know what molasses was, since I use it now and then in cooking.  I got out the bottle for him to smell, and then promised to make him some cookies after dinner, so he could taste it. 

I made this recipe from my Baylor cookbook and was so pleased by how soft and spicy these cookies were.  Definitely a cookie recipe I'll need to repeat!

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Beat shortening, sugar, egg and molasses.  Add in dry ingredients and mix well.  Chill for 1+ hour.  Roll into 1 inch balls, roll in sugar.  Bake at 350* for 10 minutes.
I'm guessing that molasses on bread a la Little House can't compare to these amazing cookies! 


Anonymous said...

The cookies look/sound delicious and what a great way for Pierce to learn. You are a great Mom!
Enjoy the day.

Anonymous said...

These look pretty amazing! I love that he knew it was molasses. :)

Michaele said...

These are my absolute favorite cookies! He will forever remember molasses now.

Eat To Live said...

Oh my gosh, I love gingerbread cookies. Ginger molasses sounds close to the same thing.

Valerie Boersma said...

Amy and I make a cookie almost exactly like this all the time-it's one of our favorites!!

I love those impromptu learning opportunities too-though these days, with the classes Amy is taking-she is the one teaching me;)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, yum. I love molasses cookies! And what a great way to teach Pierce. I ate a lot of molasses growing up--we'd go to a nearby farm where it was made and watch the process and buy a jar. It's so good on warm toast or biscuits.

Willow said...

YUMMY post can't wait to have my "mom" make them for me lol She is a marvelous cook the baking gene seemed to have escaped me.

Ginny Hartzler said...

These look absolutely perfect!!!! I can almost smell them now.

Debbie said...

goodness, they look delish!!

Unknown said...

Your cookies look great! My youngest was asking about molasses the other day, too, but I didn't think to make cookies so she could taste it. You're such a good mama! :-)

Shell said...

Those look so good!

Mildred said...

Yummy! They look very good!
Thanks for sharing yor recipe.

Have a nice day****

Nancy said...

Love molasses cookies! These look awesome.

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Kim said...

Yum! I loved the Little House books. I'm impressed that Pierce is already reading them!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I loved (still love) that book! Your cookies look delicious. What a fun way for the kids to learn about Molasses. I seem to recall Laura writing about how Almanzo loved molasses on his buckwheat pancakes.

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Yep...I'm making them soon!...:)JP

Anonymous said...

I can almost smell them. Sigh.

I will be trying this recipe soon!

Myya said...

Oh my gosh those look soooo yummy. I seriously should not be looking at these at almost 11:00 t night, now I want a snack! :)