Day 6: Molasses Cookies*

Everyday that I post a new cookie, I am one day closer to Christmas…and I have one less day to figure out gifts for my grandparents. They are honestly the hardest people to shop for…ever. They have everything could possibly want and what they don’t have they go buy for themselves immediately. And the only thing I can think of to get them is a gift card to somewhere they like…but gift cards are such a crap out gift, unless someone specifically asks for one. I mean gift cards just scream “I put the least amount of effort into this possible”. So if anyone has the perfect gift for my Granny and Papa…I’m totally open to suggestions. Because if I don’t figure out something soon they are getting a gift card…and a whole bunch of cookies.




Molasses Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped


Beat butter and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and molasses. Mix well.

Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger in another large bowl until well blended. Stir in crystallized ginger.

Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture a cup at a time, mixing well, until it is all incorporated. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.

Place the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in the sugar. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the cookies, in batches, until they crackle on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

79 calories per cookie

Source: Eating Well



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12 Responses to “Day 6: Molasses Cookies”

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    Sharlene — December 13, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

    My grandmother is the hardest person to shop for on my list too. She’s 93 so she already has everything she wants and doesn’t really want much to begin with! I’m sure you’ll think of something soon!

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    Robin — December 14, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    How bout a donation to a charity in their name? I always wanted to do this for my in laws, but they weren’t the type to appreciate that. But really, how can you be upset that someone donated money to say “St. Jude’s” as a gift?

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — December 14, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Who wouldn’t be thrilled to get these cookies as a gift!? We adore molasses cookies and these look just divine!

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    Just Jen — December 14, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    My grandparents are always the hardest people to shop for as well. I got my grandma a purse hook to hang her purse when she goes out with my grandpa. My grandma was/is a homemaker and as I’ve grown up, she hands recipes down to me so I got her monogrammed recipe cards. I also found a digital picture ornament at Brookstone and loaded a bunch of pictures of the family and gave it to them. Last year, I gave them a gift certificate (‘ha’) to stay with my husband and me for a mini-vacation for them. They LOVED it – I made it look like an actual gift certificate… it was nice to play hostess to them since they are usually the folks with the hosting duties.

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    Ashley — December 14, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    My grandparents are the same way. They always tell me that they don’t need anything and to save my money. This year I decided to make them a gift. I made them a photo collage using Alphabet photography of their last name to hang on the wall. It cost me very little to make, I know they will love it and it’s not something that they would buy for themselves.

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    Effie — December 14, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    How about just spending a day or an afternoon with them doing something that they enjoy. There is no better gift than the gift of time with a loved one. Merry Christmas and many wishes for a peaceful, blessed, happy and healthy 2011…

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    DessertForTwo — December 14, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    What about compiling some of your original recipes for them? Or could you make them their favorite dinner casserole and freeze it? I’m thinking about my grandparents here and while they used to love to cook, it takes a lot of effort. A nice homemade meal in the freezer that they can eat anytime would be sweet. Make it fancy or romantic with bread, sides and a dessert (cheesecake freezes nicely). Cookies look great! :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 14, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    I know what you mean, I have no idea what to get my Mammy! (That’s my grandma)

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    Eliana — December 14, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    I’m sure they would appreciate a basket full of these cookies. I know I would :) They look awesome.

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    Juliana — December 14, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    Jessica, these molasses cookies look great…just perfect for the holidays :-)

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    Anna Johnston — December 14, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    Yep, your right…. the older folks are the hardest for all the reasons you’ve said…, but ‘a whole bunch of cookies’ sounds like it’d go down a treat, it ticks all the boxes…, you’ve put effort into it right. Win Win all around 😉

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    Dot — December 20, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    How about some kind of photo gift? We do calendars with photos of our kid for the parents, and that goes over well.

    but the cookies look good to me!

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