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Molasses Spice Cookies

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Serves 22 | Prep Time about 15 | Cook Time 11

Why I Love This Recipe

I got this recipe off America's test kitchen site some years ago, but haven't found it since. I lukily saved a copy and since I was talking about the biscotti I made that I took from the spices on this cookie (which is always a hit) I thought i'd post it here. These are the exact directions and I put in () the changes I make that work nice)

Ingredients You'll Need

1/3 cup (about 2½ ounces) granulated sugar, plus ½ cup for dipping
2¼ cups (11¼ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup packed (2¾ ounces) dark brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup light or dark molasses

(note, when i double the recipe i use 1 large egg instead of 2 yolks and it works well


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place ½ cup sugar for dipping in 8- or 9-inch cake pan.

2. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in medium bowl until thoroughly combined; set aside.

3. In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with brown sugar and remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and add yolk and vanilla; increase speed to medium and beat until incorporated, about 20 seconds. Reduce speed to medium-low and add molasses; beat until fully incorporated, about 20 seconds, scraping bottom and sides of bowl once with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to lowest setting; add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl once. Give dough a final stir by hand to ensure that no pockets of flour remain at bottom. Dough will be soft.

4. Using tablespoon measure, scoop heaping tablespoon of dough and roll it between your palms into 1¼- to 1½-inch ball; drop ball into cake pan with sugar and repeat to form about 4 balls. Toss balls in sugar to coat and set on prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Bake, one sheet at a time and reversing position of baking sheet from front to back halfway through baking, until cookies are browned, still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between the cracks and seem underdone), about 11 minutes. Do not overbake.

6. Cool the cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use wide metal spatula to transfer cookies to wire rack; cool cookies to room temperature and serve.

When completely cool, return rack with cookies to cooled parchment-lined baking sheets. Whisk 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (about 4 ounces) and 2½ to 3 tablespoons dark rum in medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cookies with soup spoon (see illustration below), dipping spoon into glaze as necessary. Transfer cookies to wire rack and allow glaze to dry, 10 to 15 minutes.

(I love these cookies with lemoncello instead of rum and they are a hit)

Questions, Comments & Reviews

These are delicious! I left off the glaze, and accidentally did not add the 1/3 cup granulated sugar at the beginning. They were not very sweet, but still delicious and wonderfully spiced. Thanks for sharing!

oh! please disregard the above comment. I just realized that the rum is part of a glaze that you discuss in the directions. Serves me right for not reading carefully!

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