This is one of my favorite cookie recipes, yet somehow it got shifted to the bottom of the recipe basket, and I hadn't made them in a long time. I resurrected the recipe last week and made a batch, then remembered that this cookie well deserves to be at the top of the stack! Seriously, they're quite addicting, and my kids especially couldn't stop pounding them down.
Fair warning... these are so good you will have stuffed 5 in your mouth before you know what happened!
Shopping tip: If you've never bought molasses, it should be near the breakfast syrup at your local grocery store.
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream together butter and sugar in mixer. Add egg, mix slightly, then add molasses. Add in dry ingredients and mix well. Use scoop to form dough into balls. I use my small scoop, and by the time the cookies spread out as they cook they're just the right size.
Roll each ball to coat in sugar.
Place dough balls on cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9-10 minutes. A longer baking time of 12-13 minutes is an option if you want a crunchier cookie, but I think 9 minutes is perfect, leaving them soft and chewy with a little bit of a crunchy sugar coating.
They may not appear to be finished, but let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes then remove to a rack to finish cooling.
Many times I like to double the recipe, then wrap smaller portions of the extra dough in plastic wrap in a ziploc bag then freeze. It's nice to pull out the dough and just bake a dozen or so at a time when my family wants a treat.
Let me know if you try these sometime, I'd love to know what you think!
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