Christmas is probably my least favorite time of the year, but there is one thing that makes it better, and that thing is Ginger Molasses cookies! I used to have these every Christmas as a kid, and I would choose them any day over a chocolate chip cookie. However, as I got older I began to become impatient when it came to waiting for the once a year chance to have them, so I decided to learn how to make them myself. Now I can enjoy my favorite cookie year round! (That is one of the perks of being an adult. I can have a cookie whenever I please!)
You will need:
3/4 cup of softened butter (room temperature is best)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 whole egg
1/4 cup of molasses/ treacle
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and remove any un-needed guests from your work space. (that is Sophie, ie. my un-needed guest)
In a mixing bowl, cream together your sugar an butter until pale in color, scraping the bowl down when necessary. You will know it is creamed properly when the butter starts sticking to the sides of the mixing bowl
Once butter and sugar are creamed, add your whole egg and molasses. Mix until smooth, scraping down when necessary
Combine your flour, spices, and salt in a bowl, and add them gradually to your wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix until just combined, but with no flour visible.
Roll your dough into balls the size of golf balls. Once rolled, roll them in a spare bowl with Granulated Sugar. Place them a silicone sheet, or a piece of parchment paper, and bake for 10-12 minutes. If over baked, they will become quite hard, but on the upside, they become really good for dunking in coffee!
And you’re done! Enjoy this simple recipe!