Monday, January 25, 2010

It's a Molasses Cookies & Java Monday

I need something sweet today. I need to know that I can soothe my rocky ride in the big world of bigger rocky roads. That's where homemade molassess cookies and fresh brewed coffee come into play. The Break the Breakfast Rules pair this morning gave me a lift and a bit of attitude that if it feels right go ahead and do it...
Last night I made a batch of molasses cookies. This experience was one that awakened me a lot. I'm so used to purchasing those big frosted pricey molasses cookies (the cost of the dark stuff probably is to blame). When I realized I can make these easy to create treats and control the ingredients, taste and size, I was pleasantly surprised.

Molasses Cookies

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1/2 cup European style butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 brown egg
2 1/2 cups all-natural whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
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In a bowl, combine butter, sugars, egg, and molassess. Pour mixture into dry ingredients. Stir till forms a dough. Place onto parchment paper and cover. Shape into a snake-like form and put into fridge for about an hour. Cut into small slices, shape into small to medium sized balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Makes 24 small-medium cookies. Hint: Top half of the cookies with a gourmet dark chocolate chip for a bittersweet touch.
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The results: These spicy molasses cookies came out of the oven, one by one, like a perfect first born pup to the last. And yes, I've read disaster stories of bakeresses who said their batch of cookies spread in the oven and created one big cookie. Or, that they didn't get that beautiful crackly look. Not so with these puppies. I promise you. Warm or cold, these molassess cookies work. Better still, they didn't come out of a package that boasts a swirl cookie list of ingredients I can't pronounce. They are the real deal. What's more, teamed with a fresh cup of coffee splashed with organic low-fat milk made this Monday morning feel like it's going to be alright no matter what happens. That includes the slushy snow outdoors, the San Francisco Bay Area (my real home) Flood Advisory, 50-50 odds tourists may sabatoge the swimming pool to my Brittany Simon's ear woe. It's got to be the molasses. Good morning!
Monday's Foodie Motto: Go with the flow like s-l-o-w molasses.


  1. A couple of Molasses cookies, okay, maybe three and a good cup of coffee, perfect!

  2. Hi Velva and other readers(?) out there somewhere...
    It's raining slush at Tahoe...Flood Advisories continue in NorCal (as I predicted)...the pool had lots and lots of tourists (but I swam around 'em and pretended they were sharks)and walking the doggies in the wetness was OK. I came home to a cookie. But a latte sounds oh so good, huh?