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molasses spice cookie recipe

A few weeks ago I was stumbling around some food blogs, and I came across Abby Sweets read that she was hosting a 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies bake along.  I had to join in.  I love making Christmas cookies and every year it is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.  I tend to make the same things year after year and I thought that this would be a good way to add some new cookie recipes to my repertoire.  Not only did I decide to add some new recipes, but I am going to try to do a new and cute cookie packaging idea for each one as well.

For the first week, I have to admit I had a hard time baking Christmas cookies.  It has been 100 degrees all week and quite honestly, I have not really been in the mood to bake cookies.  And I am also so not ready for the holidays.  I am sort of in denial that the holidays will be here before we know it.  Instead I made a cookie that reminds me of fall (but is also a perfect Christmas cookie).  I had out my red and green ribbons but I just could not go there quite yet.  So I decided to do a more generic package that you could use for any occasion.

This cookie came out of my favorite baking cookbook, you cannot go wrong with a Dorie recipe.  This cookie was a request from my husband.  His favorite cookie is called a Spiced Moravian cookie from Salem Baking in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  This cookie is a paper thin spice cookie that I could never duplicate.  They are so thin that I have never understood how they are not more fragile than they are.  But this cookie, is very close in taste.  Coincidentally, one of my favorite cookies is a gingersnap that you can only buy in the late summer and fall in the Northeast.  I cannot remember what they are called, but they have a very distinct orange and black box.  I love them.  These are very similar in taste as well, but are softer.  So what I am I trying to say?  These are the best spice cookies that I have ever put in my mouth.  Everybody wins.

molasses spice cookie recipe2 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of freshly grated black pepper
1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar for rolling

molasses spice cookie recipeCream together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses.  Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Scrape the sides frequently.

molasses spice cookie recipeAdd the egg and beat for another minute.

molasses spice cookie recipeIn another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

molasses spice cookie recipeAdd the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.  Mix just until the flour is incorporated.  Do not over-beat the dough.

molasses spice cookie recipeDivide the dough in half and wrap it in plastic wrap.

molasses spice cookie recipeChill the dough for 30 minutes in the freezer or at least an hour in the refrigerator.  Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

molasses spice cookie recipeScoop out some dough and roll it into a ball.

molasses spice cookie recipeRoll the dough in sugar.

molasses spice cookie recipeDip the glass in sugar and use the bottom to flatten out your cookies.

molasses spice cookie recipeI cannot help myself, even though they were already rolled in sugar, I still sprinkled them with some sanding sugar.  If I had my way, everything would have a sprinkling of sanding sugar on it.

molasses spice cookie recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes.  The tops will “feel set to the touch” according to Dorie.  Cool on a rack.

molasses spice cookie recipeI used a 4×4 Kraft paper box lined with parchment paper.  I love Kraft paper.  It is more interesting than plain white and you can do a million things with it.  I got this box at Michaels.  Fill with cookies.

molasses spice cookie recipeI cut two strips of scrapbook paper and using glue dots, wrapped them around the box.

molasses spice cookie recipeI attached a cute tag and that was it.  It took about 5 minutes from start to finish.  I had everything that I needed in my scrapbook stash.

molasses spice cookie recipePretty cute huh?


Molasses Spice Cookies [Week 1 of 12 weeks of Cookies]

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape the sides frequently.
  2. Add the egg and beat for another minute.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over-beat the dough.
  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap it in plastic wrap.
  6. Chill the dough for 30 minutes in the freezer or at least an hour in the refrigerator. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop out some dough and roll it into a ball.
  8. Roll the dough in sugar.
  9. Dip the glass in sugar and use the bottom to flatten out your cookies.
  10. I cannot help myself, even though they were already rolled in sugar, I still sprinkled them with some sanding sugar. If I had my way, everything would have a sprinkling of sanding sugar on it.
  11. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes. The tops will “feel set to the touch” according to Dorie. Cool on a rack.
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68 Responses to Molasses Spice Cookies [Week 1 of 12 weeks of Cookies]

  1. We love this idea – it’s so great….and we’re always ready to start celebrating the holidays in October anyway! Spice cookies are definitely some of our favorites and we love Dorie…we will definitely be making these!

  2. April says:

    These look great! I love the packaging!

  3. Tara says:

    I love that packaging! And….uhhh….holiday cookies? That is coming up way too fast!

  4. I love all things Dorie. These cookies look perfect and your treat box wrapping is so cute!!! Can’t wait to see all the other cookies you make :)

  5. Pam says:

    Beautiful cookies and beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to see what you bake over the next 12 weeks! Thanks for sharing this one!

  6. Lina says:

    That’s a very pretty packaging! i love it.

  7. Christie says:

    If it weren’t so flippin’ hot I’d be baking these. I can’t resist molasses cookies… Looking forward to 12 weeks of cookies!

  8. Lisa says:

    Yum, I love, love, love a good molasses cookie. Yours look great and those boxes are so cute. Great way to send those cookies to someone you love. Come check out my honey ones.

  9. I think gingersnaps (or molasses spice cookies) are legit year round ;) I just made some for my hubby and he went crazy for them. The recipe will be posted next week, but now I want to try your version with the pepper!

    ps. ADORABLE packaging!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Natalie. The pepper is not overpowering and you probably wouldn’t even know that it is in there, but it adds something that makes this cookie really special.

  10. thank you! i was looking for a gingery spice cookie! i know it’s still kind of toasty here in LA, but i need fall to start!

    • bakedbree says:

      These were very popular at my house, I was sort of surprised. They are the perfect amount of spicy. I was in LA last weekend and it was more than toasty!

  11. Sue says:

    These look fabulous!
    The cookies you remember from your youth are Ivan’s Spiced Wafers. I have my mom ship me some every fall! Love them!

  12. Jamie says:

    I love a classic cookie like this and Spice Cookies are perfect for now or Christmas time. I love the packaging idea. I’m also including packaging/gift ideas on my cookie posts. I love being creative during holiday time. I need more ideas so I can’t wait to see what you come up with and bake as well.

  13. Katrina says:

    Definitely have to have some of those every fall/winder. Love the boxed presentation. Cute.

  14. Melynda says:

    I just love your pictures! You make the cookies look amazing.

  15. Trisha says:

    The cookies look yummy and so does the packaging. I love how u’ve made simple stationary look so good!

  16. Tracy says:

    I love these! And the packaging – how cute!!

  17. megan says:

    VERY CUTE! I love the packaging as much as the delicious cookies. My co-worked says she makes the best molasses cookies, I’ll have to bake these and give her a run for her money!
    Now- You have inspired me to get out my scrapbooking stuff! I want to package my cookies all pretty too!

  18. I love that you’re sharing how you package your cookies! I’m not crafty at all so I’ll probably be using your ideas come Christmas.

    I’ve been trying to make my way through Dorie’s book but I’ve avoided this recipe since I’m not a spice cookie fan. Well, now I’m excited to try it! Yours look amazing!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Amanda, I am not very crafty either, but it is one of my goals to be more crafty. This spice cookie is one of the best spice cookies that I have ever had. I was really surprised how many people liked it.

  19. megan says:

    I too couldn’t get into the “Holiday Spirit” just yet – it’s 100 degrees here too!

    No matter, I loved the packaging you choose – and the cookies look perfect with the sanding sugar on top!

    • bakedbree says:

      I totally agree Megan, but I am getting there. I bought some cute Christmas embellishments today to get my in the mood.

  20. I made a similar recipe, but your pictures and packaging are just wonderful! Can’t wait to see the rest of your cookies and packaging ideas! :)

  21. Gillian says:

    I love your blog. I read almost every post, and forward to friends often. Your blogpost from today, about your trip to Camp Blogaway, made me decide to send you a comment so that you would know you have another reader. :-) So, I made these cookies on Friday. They are delicious. Mine do no look at all like yours though. Mine are very very dark, almost black. And they came out really really thin, but somehow still chewy(!). My first cookie sheet of them came out as one big cookie because I didn’t realize how much they would spread. For novice bakers like me, it would’ve helped to know how many cookies the recipe should yield. Also, I used (for the first time) a Silpat liner which I loved and which made clean-up so easy. I’ll be making the black bean sliders today… perhaps serve it with an orzo salad.

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Gillian! For reading, and for sharing with others. Maybe you used a richer hot chocolate mix? That might explain the dark color. I love a Silpat but use parchment most of the time because I only have 1 Silpat and 4 cookie sheets. I *think* that this should yield about 24 large cookies. It really depends on what size scoop you are using.

  22. Mary says:

    Oh, I really like the box idea for the cookies… I’m always wondering how I’m going to wrap my Christmas cookies every year. Might have to try the box idea next (I usually do cellophane or tins). Love your simple wrapping on the box, too!

  23. Melanie Duck says:

    This is really great! I love the idea of molasses and covering the cookies with sugar. Its like what they called sugar cookies. This one is a healthy one to eat. I can’t wait to try it here. Thanks for the recipe.

  24. TidyMom says:

    These look SO yummy and love the packaging idea! Where do you find the brown parchment paper? I love it!!

    Oh, and I stumble your post too!!

    • bakedbree says:

      It is the 365 brand from Whole Foods. It is my favorite kind of parchment. It fits into a baking sheet perfectly.

  25. BethieofVA says:

    My favorite flavor of cookie packed adorably!!!

  26. Janna M says:

    I love your packaging idea. It’s so simple and elegant.

  27. Marie says:

    Oooh, I love this series — particularly the packing. Such a great idea for holiday gifts!

  28. Mel Spinet says:

    Oh! This one is so cute. Even if it is simple it still looks delicious. Simple but delicious they say. LOL. I will surely try this one and give my hubby a different spice for his midnight snack.

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  30. Hi Bree…I’m a friend of Nicole Fields. I just wanted to tell you that I made these cookies with my kids, and we loved them! Everyone was oohing and ahhing as we took bite after bite. Our little neighbor friend adored them too. Thank you for sharing such yummy recipes!

  31. Valérie says:

    Hello, I’ve just visited your website and I’d really want to try everything… Just a “stupid” question, but I’m from Belgium and we are not used to prepare cookies for Xmas… Are you preparing all these cookies to offer them at Xmas, will they conserve (if not eated ;o) Or are all these just try to make your choice? Thanks for your answer…

    Valérie (from belgium)

    • bakedbree says:

      Most of these I have given away already and made for the blog event. But at this point, I would freeze them to serve at Christmas. And, no question is stupid, so ask away.

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  33. Tiffany says:

    Yum– thanks for the recipe and idea. Just made these to go in some of my hubbies office gifts. They are so simple and yummy and well the sprinkling sugar makes the cookie. They are not have as pretty without it! Thanks so much. Have a Merry Christmas!

  34. I made your molasses spice cookies and they were amazing! I plan to post my photos on my blog soon and will be sure to link back to your site – Thank you for sharing this recipe & Merry Christmas!

  35. Leen says:

    Hi,

    I would like to kbow how many cups is 1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
    because the size of the stick is different here where i live

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