Holiday Cookie Round-Up #1: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

It's round TWO of our holiday cookie round up!! We're sharing our tried and true favorites that we've found around the internet and enjoyed by the fireside ourselves ♥︎  Enjoy these deeply flavored favorites with a glass of milk or eggnog!

Be sure to share YOUR family's favorite cookies in the comments!

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies 

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (not melted*)
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups (639 grams) all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda*
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven.  Heat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients.  Flour, soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars. Using a separate mixing bowl, either with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugars on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and a pale yellow color, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally as needed.
  4. Mix in the remaining wet and dry ingredients.  Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and molasses, and beat on medium-low speed until each is combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat until it is evenly incorporated.
  5. Chill the dough.  Transfer the dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the dough is completely chilled.  I know — the extra chilling time is substantial, and very tempting to skip.  But this particular dough, with all of its butter and molasses, really does need a thorough chilling to prevent the cookies from spreading.  Worth the wait, I promise. :)
  6. Roll the dough balls.  Once the dough is chilled and firm, roll the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Fill a separate small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top.  (They will crack more while cooling.)  Remove from the oven and let cool for 4-5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. Serve.  Serve warm and enjoy, or store in a sealed container for up to 4 days.  Or freeze for up to 3 months.


Recipe found and adapted from Gimme Some Oven.


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