Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ginger Molasses Cookies
These are easily some of the best cookies I've ever made. I found the recipe 7 or 8 years ago while living in an apartment about the size of a closet. It was so small it didn't even have a full kitchen, just a small sink, mini fridge, two burners and a toaster oven. It's amazing to think of the things you'll put up with when you're young and seeking independence.
The first time I baked these cookies was in that toaster oven and my tiny one room apartment was filled with the most delicious aromas of molasses, ginger and cinnamon.
These cookies have the perfect texture (soft with a slightly crisp exterior) and aren't too sweet which usually means I end up eating more of them.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
3/4 cup butter, softened room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter with sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another bowl combine flour, spices, soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Form dough into small balls and roll in white sugar. Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 8-12 minutes*. Let cookies cool on sheet for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
*10 minutes was pretty perfect for my oven