When we lived in Colorado there was a wonderful deli/bakery at the health food store we went to. They had the best molasses cookies I have ever had and every time that we had family come into town we would stock up on these cookies, even taking them with us for family gatherings out of Colorado! They were sweet, chewy, bitter – perfection! I became friendly with the owner of the bakery/deli and after about a year of me raving about the cookies – I got up the nerve and asked if he would share the recipe with me – and he did!!!! I have had this recipe now for 7 years and this past weekend was the first time that I had made them. To be truthful for awhile I forgot that I had it and then about 2 years ago I came across the piece of paper in a cookbook and said I have to make these – but never did. I took one bite and all the anticipation and taste memories did not dissapoint. I made them much smaller than Brian did, almost bite size – but I could easily sit down and eat these until I was sick – they are that good!!! I will be giving most of these away in the holiday tins – thank goodness! If you love molasses cookies – this is must try recipe and it will be a keeper!!
The Best Molasses Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 1/2 cups flour
1.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
3. Add the molasses and eggs, mix well.
4. Add the spices, mix well.
5. Add the flour, 1/2 cup a time mixing well in between. About 2 cups in I switch from the electric mixer to a wooden spoon.
6. Make about 2″ balls and place on a cookie sheet, pressing them flat. I chose not to, but you can roll them in sugar prior to placing on cookie sheet.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes – I like my chewy.
8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Enjoy!! After a couple of days these get harder and are great dipped into a cup of tea!