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Nostalgic Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies are perfect for holiday potlucks, gift-giving, or a get together with family and friends.  Soft, moist, and pillow-y, these cookies are perfect for those few relaxing moments found in holiday rush madness.  

This is my version of an updated old-fashioned cookie.  Where I grew up, molasses was a staple.  In fact, when I was a kid, molasses was as common as almost any other ingredient.  My mom would bake cookies, cakes, and breads with it; we used it as a sliced-bread topping; (I loved to mix molasses with peanut butter!) it was used in baked beans and glazed ham; and even as a topping for fried bread dough (toutons).

I won’t even tell you that a teaspoon of molasses, slightly warmed by hovering the spoon over your stove’s burner, and carefully allowing the warm, sticky syrup to pour into your ear, and then gently stuffed with cotton, will relieve an ear ache.  I promise; I won’t tell you that!

It’s not something I commonly use anymore for obvious reasons, but it’s always present in my pantry.  I don’t get to use it as much as I’d like, because I very rarely make traditional Newfoundland cakes or bread like my mom used to make, and smearing it on a slice of bread with peanut butter is a thing of the past.  It was delicious when I was younger, but my tastes have changed over the years.

In this recipe, molasses is combined with other strong smelling and tasting ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to make a comforting, home-style, old-fashioned cookie.  So, bake these up, make a cup of tea, and snuggle up on your couch with a good book.  The cookies will make the reading so much more enjoyable – I swear!

As a take-along holiday treat, Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies are a winner.  Not only are they easy to make, and use very inexpensive ingredients, there’s also no fussing about with sprinkles or icing of any kind.  This, of course, make them very easy to pile high into a box; tie a big ribbon on it and you’ll be the cookie hero at this year’s Christmas parties and functions.

Everyone – at least everyone that I’ve ever met – loves the taste and aroma of molasses cookies.  The addition of the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves simply heightens the flavour profile and adds depth and warmth to Christmas cozy and comforting treat.  

And, if you’re feeling adventurous and you want you add some flare to these, you can certainly top them with a simple cream cheese icing.  Just smear the icing liberally on top and add a little dash of festive candy sprinkles.  Get the kids involved with this part – they’ll love it!

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies
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  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and be sure the rack is set to the middle position.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses with a hand-held mixer.
  3. Add the egg and mix well on low speed.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and the milk.
  5. Once again, on low speed, use your mixer to incorporate all of the ingredients. Don't over mix, just until the white of the flour disappears.
  6. Prepare two baking sheets by lining each one with a silicone pad or parchment paper.
  7. Use a 1½ tablespoon ice-cream scoop to measure mounds of cookie batter onto the baking sheet. Be sure to leave at least a 3 inch space between each mound for growth.
  8. Bake one sheet of cookies at a time for 18 minutes.
  9. Allow cookies to cool for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to continue the cooling process.

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    1. That would be great, Paige. I prefer a little smear of butter, but the cheese would be a nice spread too.

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