Friday, October 1, 2010

Week 1 of Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies - Molasses Cookies (Just like Starbucks!!!)

 

I am delighted and so very excited to post my first cookie recipe for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies baking group that I have joined.    Every Friday for the next 12 weeks (yes, we have 12 weeks until Christmas) I will post a cookie recipe that can easily be made for the holidays.  Be sure to check out the other lovely ladies blogs that are also part of this group.....you will be sure to find an abundance of amazing cookie (bars and candy too) recipes from all of these blogs!



The first of 12 cookie recipes that I will be sharing is the lovely recipe for Molasses Cookies - and yes, they are just like Starbucks.....so so good! These cookies are full of flavor, soft and chewy and give you a warm sense of the holidays to come.

 I did find that the bigger the cookie the softer and chewy the cookie came out.  I first tried the small cookie scoop from Pampered Chef and then switched over to the medium size cookie scoop with much better success of a consistency that I was really  hoping for - soft and chewy!   These cookies are definitely worthy of "double batching" the recipe.

Be sure to store the cookies in an air-tight container or a sealed bag to keep them fresh and soft.  Enjoy!


Molasses Cookies (Just like Starbuck's)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup white sugar (for rolling the cookies in)

Directions:

1. Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and molasses and beat for an additional minute.

2. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (except the 1/2 cup white sugar) and whisk or stir with a fork for 30 seconds.

3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mis until well combined.  Cover dough and refrigerate for 1-2 hours - until dough is firm.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll heaping tablespoons (I used a small and medium scoop from Pampered Chef - I liked the medium size scoop the best for this cookie recipe) of dough into a ball, then roll through the white sugar....



....and then place rolled cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silapat...



5. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes - don't over bake for you will end up with hard rather than soft cookies.

 

                                                                  Aren't they perrrrty! :-)



Really yummy cookies to have with a glass of milk.....



Happy Molasses Cookies (Just like Starbucks) Baking!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing blogs that are part of this fabulous 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies group!
Week 1 Twelve Weeks of Christmast:




                                      



















28 comments:

  1. These look great! This is going to be such a fun group and I am looking forward to all of the great cookie recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Those look perfect Avril! The crinkly sugary top, and I can imagine the smell while they were baking. I love molasses cookies. What a fun group, I'm going to enjoy checking out all the wonderful recipes. Have a great day!

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  3. They look just perfect, I can almost feel their taste. Will be baking these absolutely.

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  4. Now I want a pumpkin latte and some molasses cookies! That would make blog hop complete!
    Great choice!

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  5. STRESS!!! Christmas!!! AGH!!!! Good thing cookies calm my nerves ;)

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  6. I love me some molasses cookies! Yum!

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  7. Your cookies have a great texture to them. Love the fact that you made a copycat recipe.

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  8. Your Molasses Cookies look great. I just love a classic cookie. I'm in the group as well and I can't wait to see what you bake up next week.

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  9. I make a very similar molasses cookie. Aren't they just yummy? This will be a fun 12weeks!!

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  10. Your molasses cookies look AMAZING!!! I can't wait to make them (and eat them ALL!)

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  11. These look like just the kind of molasses/spice cookie I like. I will be trying these for sure.

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  12. I love molasses/spice/ginger cookies in every form. Although I've never had Starbucks cookies, these look and sound perfect.

    I can't wait to see what else we all come up with during the next twelve weeks!

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  13. These look fabulous! I love a good spice cookie, although I've never had Starbucks version!

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  14. I love soft and chewy cookies. I am bookmarking these!

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  15. Those look so good, gonna go check out everyone else on the list. Thanks for getting me nervous about Christmas now....really...12 weeks?
    mickey

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  16. I made a similar cookie, but yours looks better. Can't wait until next week.

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  17. So hard to believe it's that time again!
    ~ingrid

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  18. First, I'm jealous that your Starbucks sells molasses cookies. Second, I'm making these ASAP. They look and sound wonderful!

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  19. Yours look great! Very similar to the ones I made (great minds think alike!). I never realized that Starbucks sells them though! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with over the 12 weeks!

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  20. They look so good and very Christmas-like! I need to get me one of those scoops!

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  21. OK, I am soooo glad you stopped by!! I have been agonizing over the cookies I'm going to bring to a cookie exchange I'm hosting. Really, it's been eating at me. I just know I'm going to hit the perfect cookie right here over the next few weeks! I'm following along, and participating when possible!

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  22. These sure DO look delicious! They baked up just the way I like 'em! I use the P.C. med scoop too:)

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  23. I know these are delicious. I, once made cookies similar to these but added a little black pepper. That took it over the top.

    I plan to make your recipe. I am betting, it is as good as the one, I made, before.

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  24. Oh, yum! Can't wait to make a batch of these for the post office's annual cookie platter! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Molasses cookies are one of our favorites too. Yours look perfect.

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  26. I love the crackly texture to these, I bet they're chewy and sugary and delicious!

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