Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

The Yummy Life Molasses Cookies

The South has some damn good food. That’s basically this whole post summarized, so you can go ahead and skip to the recipe if you want.

When I was a little kid my grandmother had this amazing recipe for molasses cookies. The taste was something special. They took your mind on a road trip through the South’s greatest hits. One taste was enough to make you forget that the Ku Klux Klan recently put up a billboard celebrating their founder and Forrest Gump’s namesake, some fucking twat named Nathan Bedford Forrest.

But let’s get back to the bliss of childhood. These cookies taste like a good folk song, ageless but updated. It’s a simple flavor for sure, but it’s the best use of molasses since Blackstrap rum.

But in all honesty, I’ve never been to the South. And far as I know my grandmother never made molasses cookies. Sue me. Nathan Forrest is still a twat.

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour (may use half whole wheat pastry flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 cup molasses

In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; set aside. In medium bowl with electric mixer on low speed, blend together the melted butter, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Feel free to mix thoroughly with a spoon if you’re feeling old fashioned. Stir in molasses.

With mixer on low speed gradually add flour mixture to molasses mixture; mix until completely combined. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into walnut sized balls (use cookie scoop, if available); roll each ball in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes just until tops are cracked all over, but cookies are still a bit gooey inside the center cracks. Cool on wire racks.

Post by Ian Sims. Recipe and Photo from The Yummy Life.