Molasses, King of Cookies

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king of cookiesI’m not a food blogger, but I do love food. Normally, I don’t use my own recipes, but this one is so good, I’m sharing. I’m a sharer.

They’re also fast & easy if you have the ingredients.

Molasses Cookies:

Preheat oven to 357 degrees, line 2 baking sheets with parchment (or silicon liners!)

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

dash salt

dash cloves

1/4 cup ground flax seeds soaked in 1/3 cup water to make flax eggs*

*you could just use 1 egg, but use 1/4 cup ground flax too, for some texture!

1 stick butter (non-dairy, if you choose), softened

1 cup sugar plus more for rolling

1/3 cup molasses (I have Grandma’s brand)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the first 6 (dry) ingredients in a bowl. Combine the flax and water and let it gel while you cream the butter, sugar, molasses, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Add the flax egg (or egg and flax seed) and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is uniform.

Pick up hunks of dough, shape into golf ball-sized orbs, and roll in a shallow bowl of sugar to coat. (This is important! It makes them sparkly.) Space on baking sheets about 2″ apart. Bake 14-16 minutes. Cool on a rack. They’re chewy warm and crispy cool.

No, this isn’t a “health” food, but molasses has calcium and iron (in trace amounts), and flavor. These cookies are as complex as a John le Carre novel and just as delightful (if I do say so myself.)

So enjoy! And now –  no more recipes!

Here’s my author page, when you tire of Mr. le Carre – lol

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