February 23, 2011

Ginger Molasses Cookies

At my yoga studio we are greeted with hot tea and dark, dense bite-sized cookies after class. They are crunchy––my friend says she tastes caramel––with hints of ginger and molasses. They put me in a state.

What I mean to say is that I don’t even think much of molasses cookies ordinarily. I know my dad likes them, and that my mom used to buy the soft-baked kind at Stop & Shop, dusted with fine grains of sugar. There are memories there, but not the kind I’m desperate to revisit; I’m more of a chocolate chip kind of woman.

Those yoga studio cookies changed everything. And while this recipe doesn’t approximate what those cookies are all about, it succeeds at something else: soft, yielding cookies with just the right mix of sugar and spice. They are the most wholesome cookie you could imagine; they ask you to please pour a cup of milk and eat them in your pajamas.

Ginger Molasses Cookies
from King Arthur Flour
Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar (I used turbinado)
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 large eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purposed flour
sugar, for coating

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the eggs, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. Stir in the flour.

Scoop the soft dough into 1 ½” balls; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. Roll them in granulated sugar, coarse sugar, or pearl sugar. Space the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 ½” between them. Bake them for 10 minutes. The centers will look soft and puffy; that’s OK.

Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

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  • Andrea: These sound delicious! I’ve recently taken to drinking tea while reading in bed at night – I need to add these cookies to the ritual as soon as possible.4 years ago

  • Katie: These look completely delicious. My husband loves gingersnaps but I usually find them too dry – so these seem like the perfect solution. I’ll be baking them soon.4 years ago

  • Anastasia: Cookies after yoga? Dang! I wish my yoga studio would catch on.4 years ago

  • Ruth@GraceLaced: I might be convinced to go to yoga regularly as well if I was greeted thus upon completion! I wish my screen was scratch and sniff.4 years ago

  • Andrea, That sounds like a wonderful addition to the ritual. I admit that lately I’ve gotten back into my hot-chocolate-and-reading-in-bed routine, and it is quite snuggly indeed!

    Katie, Yes! These are so soft and piable–a good compromise. Tell me what you think!

    Anastasia and Ruth, Yes! Cookies after yoga! Not only is it pretty decadent feeling, but it also really encourages a little lingering and talking to the person who just spotted you in handstand. :)4 years ago

  • Sarah F: AGH!!! First ice cream sandwiches, now ginger molasses cookies?? My diet is going to go to pot with all this goodness being wafted in my face!

    Seriously, these look like something I could eat morning, noon, and night, right up there with Martha Stewart’s citrus sugar cookies! Unfortunately, it’s going to be a few more months before I can make a batch- the New Year’s diet is going way too well!4 years ago

  • Nancy Schaub: These sound wonderful but I want to try them with cranberries!4 years ago

  • Katie: Update: I made these cookies this weekend, and my husband and I both LOVE them. Soft and chewy and spicy – delicious!4 years ago

  • Oh yay! So glad you liked them! We thought they were crazy good at our house, too.4 years ago

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