Saturday, March 26, 2011

Recipe : Authentic Molasses Cookies

No picture for this recipe... I kept meaning to take one but the cookies kept disappearing.  Go figure.

The recipe comes from here:   This is a gem of a website with a ton of recipes that make me a wee bit nostalgic for home - many of these recipes are common to Nova Scotia as well.  Definitely a site worth spending some time at.

They describe it like this:  "Wafer thin and crisp, these are like no other molasses cookie we've ever had. The dough stores well in the refrigerator and can be sliced and cooked in minutes."  VERY accurate description.  Use Fancy Molasses for a milder flavor, or half Blackstrap Molasses if you want them to be fairly strong.  It's also a really fun recipe to make, if you like watching peculiar chemical reactions taking place in your mixing bowl.  LOL

Authentic Molasses Cookies

1 cup molasses
½ pound butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup sugar
¼ cup hot water
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Heat the molasses to a boil. Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until melted. Place the sugar in a deep bowl and add soda to the hot water; pour water into the molasses. Pour the molasses mixture into the bowl of sugar and thoroughly mix. Add spices, flour and salt and mix with molasses and sugar. Pour into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper or waxed paper and refrigerate for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 325.  Remove dough from refrigerator. Remove from loaf pan.  You can cut the dough into thin slices -- or roll out thinly and use cookie cutters. Bake on a non-stick surface, parchment paper, or a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes.

Cool on a rack as soon as done.

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