Since we are entering a time of winter treats and yummy things to eat, I thought it was a perfect day to continue on with my Eat | Drink series. I’d asked Catherine from A Short Blonde (also my Soul Provider sponsor this past month!) to share with us one of her favorite recipes. Not only is she a fabulous cook, but she shares creations that I feel like I could actually create too (which says a lot, ok?) Thanks, Catherine, and happy eating everyone!
Winter Treats // Molasses Spice Cookies
My husband Jordan and I don’t agree on the perfect cookie; I prefer chocolate and more chocolate, he enjoys simple flavors (sugar cookies, ginger snaps, etc). Sometimes I have a tendency to throw all the flavors into the ring (oatmeal raisin chocolate chip!). Several years ago, while attending a Christmas Eve soirée, Jordan and I bit into a cookie that lingered with us. After we left the party I immediately requested the recipe and now make them every year.
Molasses is an interesting ingredient. On its own, molasses is quite bitter, but having a bottle in your pantry is handy to use as an additive or substitute. For example, molasses and white sugar can be mixed together to make brown sugar. It’s also one of the main ingredients in BBQ sauce. These molasses spice cookies are soft and chewy; kind of like a sugar cookie with an extra kick. Enjoy a plate of these cookies paired with a piping cup of hot tea, perhaps while curled up watching your favorite holiday move (Love Actually and White Christmas are two of my favorites).
Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar + some for rolling dough through (placed in separate bowl)
3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
Preheat your oven to 350. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Beat butter and sugar until creamy, slowly incorporate the molasses and egg. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Roll dough into little balls, about 1 tablespoon in size. Next, roll the balls through the reserved sugar (instead of using a set amount of sugar, I simply added a little at a time). Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Resist the urge to eat them all!
What will you be making this holiday season?
I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes with me!
Catherine is a lifestyle blogger from Chicago who recently moved to Nashville with her husband, Jordan. Catherine believes in stretching her mind, traveling far, and always having a stash of dark chocolate.