Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies
adapted from Everyday Food
      Submitted by JoDee Yost

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
      (mine felt a little wet so I added another couple T's of flour)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 large egg

1/4 cup molasses


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

2.With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

3.Pinch off and roll dough into small balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.

4.Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart (this part is important). Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. For some added beautifying, drizzle icing over the top.  Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.
Makes 36

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