Monday, March 1, 2010

Addicted to Molasses

No, it's not the name of a cool indy song, it is however, the truth. These darn Molasses Spice cookies have me climbing the walls when I can't have one. I'm obsessed with having some in the cookie tin at ALL times and the minute I see that we're I'm running low, I immediately bake more. Like drop what I'm doing and bake more. As though something terrible should happen if one lone cookie stays in the tin, all alone without any cookie friends to keep his cookie goodness company. Have I mentioned, I'm obsessed?


Who knew molasses was so darn addictive? Before these cookies I thought molasses = ick. Molasses is dark, sticky and smells like bark. Or something. But I picked up the carton from the store and it was sealed and everything so I know it hasn't been laced with anything. Right? Right??? Because if it were, it would explain the *mild* obsession I am having with these cookies. I'm cooky for cookies. And suddenly sound like a cereal commercial. Oy. I need to be stopped. Seriously. But just in case it's not such a bad thing, I thought I'd share the recipe with you. Then you can obsess right along with me.
Ingredients (Makes 36)
  • *2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • **3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
* I add an extra 1/2 C to make them fluffy.
** I use salted.
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.
  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
  4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.
A few other things I'm addicted to these days:
- Hershey's Eggies ("Hershey's Eggs" in the US) They're egg-tastic! I could eat my weight equivalent. Even better than Cadbury Mini Eggs. Trust.
- Hawkins Cheezies Crunchy orange sticks have never tasted so good. I'm pretty sure I'm retaining water like a wishing well but I really don't care.
- Pickles The whole sour dill kind in the big jars in the refrigerated section, NOT the ones in the condiment aisle.

Are you at all concerned about what I'm eating? 

Don't be. I promise I eat "real food" in between.
Anything you're addicted to these days?

Oh and thanks to all who entered the Orient Watch Giveaway. I nearly went bananas when I found out the winning comment (via random.org) was lucky no. 8...congratulations, Mayra!!!

xo Ela

28 comments:

  1. They look delicious! Ideal for a Sunday afternoon with heavy rain and tea!

    xxxx

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  2. I love molasses cookies- my mom used to make them around the holidays.

    Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  3. EEK! Congrats miss Mayra!

    Your menu sounds fabulous to me. No alterations needed :)

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  4. I know what you're doing.

    You are SO addicted to those cookies, you want to make sure that we become just as obsessed too. LOL! Thanks for the recipe. ;) They look yummy and I am definitely going to make them.

    See...I just fell into your trap! :P

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  5. Bommm chicka wa-wa!! Hoot hoot Miss Bananas!!

    Hooray!!

    Um... hi :)
    So, my Grandma made a similar cookie but we called them Pfefferneuse. It's the German name for the cookie I guess. My mom makes them in the hundreds every Christmas. My dad is obsessed with them... I'm not so much a fan. Perhaps I will send some to you and you can see if they taste like the ones you're in love with.
    Food obsessions... um yes! I have tons. Currently:
    Potbelly's Sugar Cookies (Potbelly's is a local sandwich shop)
    Craisins (dried sweetened Cranberries)
    Cheese (any kind of cheese... by the pound, YUM)
    Italian casseroles
    Tacos
    Cherry Limeade
    Soup

    What an odd list... I never realized what a weirdo I was until right about now...

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  6. I have never had these. They look so yummy!!

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  7. Hmmm let's see here.
    -Hawkins Cheezies
    -Eggies
    -Pickles
    and gooey brown Molasses cookies. What's going on here?...Strangely strong cravings for "interesting" foods makes one wonder...is there anything "else" going on here...!?

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  8. Oh man, I too love molasses. I used to put it in everything. Probably because my grandmother was a southern woman of the Old Style. When we moved from Iowa, however, our bottle of molasses broke en route (WHY did we take it? WHY didn't we just assume we could buy a new one?) and ruined my entire spice collection. Lesson learned.

    I will have to try these cookies!
    xo

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  9. hey...I WON!!!!! whaddayaknow :)

    i'm gonna have to pass on the molasses but that's okay because that means it's more for you and HEY i won a watch!!! lol.

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  10. i know nothing about molasses except that horses love the stuff as a treat. yup.

    and i looove dill pickles. yum yum. i eat them straight out of the jar and my boyfriend thinks im weird and he is just wrong and needs to be taken to some little jewish deli in nyc and thats that!

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  11. I have never heard of them. What is molasses? I will have to check on the dictionary. They look so good.

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  12. i MUST make these when i go home some weekend! these look delicious!

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  13. My Mom makes amazing ones. They ARE crazy addicting!

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  14. my mom just made some over the weekend...so good!

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  15. They look great! And thanks for trying to get everyone else addicted to these ;-) Although I think I might actually have problems getting molasses in France, so I might be safe... for now...

    But don't get me wrong, I'm pretty much addicted to anything else that's sweet. Sigh...

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  16. well you KNOW i want to try these!!!!

    have you ever had sorghum? i used to have it as a kid when i visited my grandparents. it is delicious. you pour some on your plate, add a little soft butter to it, mix it together, and then put it on hot homemade biscuits. it is pretty much TO DIE FOR. :)

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  17. are you kidding me lady? next to ice cream i am a total cookie monster, and i can totes relate to your obsession. though, ive never tried molasses cookies, but they look/sound divine! happy eatings :d

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  18. Definitely all crazy about chocolate cupcakes from Trader Joes lately. I love moist cakes. They make me sick, but I love them. And I like cookies, too, especially ones with coconut in them.

    Thanks, now I'm drooling. DON'T DO THIS TO ME, ELA! :)

    PS. Remember how I told you I'm doing a giveaway, well, I did a product review of what I'm giving away! Check it out so you know what you're potentially getting before you enter the giveaway! :)

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  19. oh, i miss baking! life is crazy. and those cookies look so delicious.

    my site is up, btw--stop by the blogspot blog for directions :)

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  20. congrats to the winner! And those cookies look delicious, hehe lately I've been having a sweet tooth too, like a muffin every morning, soo bad for you really... hope you enjoyed the hockey game on sunday btw! I went bananas when Sidney scored in overtime, he's like the Taylor Lautner of NHL

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  21. YUMMMMM! I will have to try these :)

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  22. you are as slow as molasses. lol.

    um, so those hershey's eggs are what?

    i am in love with you and cadbury creme eggs.

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  23. looks delish, ela! wish i could have time to bake... :)

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  24. That looks so yummy, you have no idea!

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xx Ela