12.24.2016

Cookie Criteria

I have admitted several times on this blog that I am not a big cookie baker.

For me to bake cookies, they have to meet at least one of these qualifications: 1.) I can taste the butter; 2.) the recipe holds a memory; 3.) they are really easy; or 4.) I can taste the butter.

Today's cookies hold a memory for me. and they are easy. Alas, you really can't taste the butter... but two out of four criteria? Not bad.

They are one of the Christmas cookies Mom baked when we were kids.

Made with all the flavor and spices that evoke the holidays - molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger - they make me smile with the memories.

Perfect with a cup of cocoa, a pot of tea, afternoon coffee, or even a Santa cup filled with milk, they are sure to take you back to your childhood, even if your mother didn't bake them.

I wish everyone peace at this year-end - and boundless joy, abundant love, and culinary adventures when-and-wherever they can be found.

~ David

Molasses Crinkles

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
large pinch salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses and mix in thoroughly. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture, and beat until fully incorporated. using a teaspoon, scoop some dough and then roll it between the palms of your hands, shaping it into walnut-sized balls; dip the tops in the coarse sugar, and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes; allow to cool for 5 minutes, then place the cookies on racks to finish cooling.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

A pop-up diorama we bought in Salzburg last summer.

24 comments:

  1. Memory cookies are the best…it doesn't matter about that taste of butter. Merry Christmas to you both.

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    1. You are right, Karen... where memory is involved, the butter doesn't matter. In fact, I am sure my mother made these either with Crisco or margarine!

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  2. I agree with you about the butter. A good cookie is one with a lot of butter!

    Have you ever tried an ANZAC biscuit? Not a huge amount of butter, but they're pretty tasty.

    Merry Christmas to you and Mark, by the way, and have a fab New Year, from me and Dean xx

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    1. You know, John, I have not tried an ANZAC biscuit. I have seen posts from you all in Australia about them. Will have to give them a try!

      Love living vicariously through your and Dean's travels!

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  3. I love molasses cookies, and I like your cookie criteria! My criteria would be memories, can taste the butter, and chewy. There are very few cookies I like crunchy!

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    1. I am with you all the way, Caroline - cookies must be chewy!

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  4. Yummy! These make me think of my Norwegian grandma, Nora. She also called them crinkles.
    Feliz Navidad! (can't make my computer do the upside down exclamation mark, I'm so ashamed)

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    1. ¡Feliz Navidad! (The updated down exclamation point is much easier on an iPad!) I wish I knew the provenance of my mother's recipe - maybe it is Norwegian?

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  5. I'm not a big cookie baker myself but I do enjoy homemade cookies. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memory cookies with us. Happy holidays!

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    1. Cheri - it is funny how many of us aren't cookie bakers. There much be a good reason... and it isn't because I don't love good cookies!

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  6. Love! Please send over any cookies you are not eating :-)

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    1. Oh, Carolyne.... silly girl! They all get eaten! :)

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  7. I chuckled when you mentioned "taste the butter" (then chuckled again). But Molasses cookies are perfect for Christmas! Hope your holidays are going well!

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    1. My holidays were very buttery, thanks! Hope yours were, too, Inger!

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  8. I love, love, love molasses cookies, David! These look delicious and yes, they are a perfect Christmastime cookie :) Happy holidays to you and Mark!!

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    1. That is quiet the compliment coming from the Queen of Cookies! Thanks, Marcelle A Happy New Year!

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  9. I'll make a shocking confession, David: I've never baked a single cookie in my life. But I mean to correct that sometime soon—and your recipe looks like a great place to start.

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    1. Not one, Frank? That is a surprise but not a shock! Whenever you bake your first, you'll have to let me know!

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  10. David, this is a beautiful cookie. Even if you can't taste the butter. That made me smile because I just posted a new cookie story in which butter plays a part. I would be lost without butter!

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    1. Those cookies with the orange peel look incredible, Jean!

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  11. I like your criteria for cookies. I love molasses and your cookies look great. I hope your holidays were peaceful and I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

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    1. Thank, Gerlinde! I hope you have a wonderful 2017!

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  12. You look like a great cookie baker to me! Lovely looking cookies, David! Perfect for gift giving, too!

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  13. These little jewels look like they would be good any time of year!

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