12 Days of Recipes…Day 2

04 Dec

I am a couple of days behind on my posts ~ my husband and I spent the last two days driving to Las Vegas.  So I’ll have to catch up on a few when I’m back home and have access to my recipes.  But, for now, I have this one for you…

Molasses Spice Cookies
I originally got this recipe from Taste Of Home, but tweaked it a bit, to make it more to my liking and a bit more healthy.  They are perfect for the holiday season.  I like my cookies on the “chewy” side, and these store nicely, keeping soft for quite a few days in an airtight container or cookie jar.

~ 3/4 C coconut oil (if your home is a bit on the chilly side, you will want to make sure this is softened, so you can incorporate it well.  Alternatively, use 3/4 C butter)
3/4 C turbinado sugar – the turbinado adds to the nice molasses flavor, but feel free to use any type of sugar
1 egg
1/4 C + 2 T molasses
2 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 C unbleached white flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t salt
3/4 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t ground ginger
additional Turbinado sugar, if desired

~ In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Add more milk, 1 T at a time, if necessary, to make a soft dough.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Remove from refrigerator 15min. before baking to soften.
Grease baking sheet, preheat oven to 350.
Shape/scoop dough into balls of desired size, flatten slightly and sprinkle with additional Turbinado (or reg. sugar)  Place on baking sheet and bake @ 350 degrees, 10-15min.  *I pull mine out just before they look “done,” and let them rest on the sheet for a few minutes, before removing them to a rack to cool.  This keeps them soft and chewy.
Yield: 5 dozen if made in 1 1/4in. balls

Enjoy!  These also make a great gift to hand out to carolers (does anyone even do that anymore?) or to neighbors on Christmas Eve.

This post was linked to: The Homestead Barn Hop

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Food, Uncategorized


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