Molasses Cookies For Christmas

Around here Christmas isn’t complete without a batch of molasses cookies. They’ve got that sharp, distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with a cup of eggnog and when pressed in sugar, they glisten a bit like snow regardless of whether or not you’re experiencing a real white Christmas. Although, don’t you always hope that you’ll wake on Christmas morning to a blanket of snow? I do!

My daughter and I had a blast whipping up a few dozen of these to share with Daddy’s work friends and Mama’s book club cookie exchange. They were a hit so of course I wanted to share our family recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, withheld

Directions

In a mixing bowl cream brown sugar and butter together. Add molasses and fully combine. Then your egg. In a separate bowl whisk together your dry ingredients (not the white sugar). While your mixer mixes on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. This is a thicker dough and will ball together and pull from the sides once mixes.

Roll your cookie dough balls into smooth circles and gently press flat. Sprinkle your white sugar onto a plate and press your flattened cookie dough ball into the sugar (just the top). Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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