Molasses-Spice cookies

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    Freshly baked! So delicious! Another recipe from the Best Recipe Cookbook. These guys rock. Here it is:

    Molasses-Spice Cookies
    These oversized cookies are especially attractive, with a rich, dark color, almost perfectly round edges, a surface marked with deep cracks, and an even thickness from the edge to the center. They stay incredibly soft and chewy, even days after they are baked. It is important to underbake the cookies (they won't look done when you take them out of the oven) and then let them firm up as they cool on the baking sheet. If you overbake the cookies, they will become dry and crisp.

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup unsulphured molasses

    Adjust racks to upper- and lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in medium bowl; set aside.
    Either by hand or with electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl with rubber spatula. Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl.
    Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
    Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll dough into 1 3/4-inch balls. Rolls balls in sugar and place them on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
    Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets (from top to bottom and fron to back) halfway through baking, until outer edges begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to cooling racks with wide spatula.

    johnmtidwell, Hypnotic Aubergine, and 130 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Hypnotic Aubergine ages ago | reply

      Wow, it's just perfect, an istant fave. Vertical world :-)
      I mirtilli sui pancakes? Avevamo troppa fretta di mangiarli, così niente props e styling per la foto :-)

    2. ilmungo ages ago | reply

      Thanks abergine. They are highly addictive, and the tower is disappearing fast!

      Eh, i pancake vanno mangiati caldi caldi, giusto!

    3. ruddy river [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing, this is gorgeous! :D

    4. ilmungo ages ago | reply

      my pleasure!

    5. lulu cooks ages ago | reply

      A perfect stack of cookies! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    6. ilmungo ages ago | reply

      A now they're all gone... :( time to make another batch! ;)

    7. anzyAprico ages ago | reply

      wow! wonderful cookies tower!

    8. smitten kitchen ages ago | reply

      This looked so gorgeous, I had to try them. They were delicious - converted many a non-spice cookie eaters, too. Thanks for sharing.

    9. ilmungo ages ago | reply

      Thanks all! This is one of my all time most-viewed pictures! The cookies are still a strong favorite. Carolyn is just about crazy for them!

      @smitten: yours look beautiful and yummy as well. Coincidentally, I am just about to start making these again, and your caption made me realize how well they would go with the cinnamon toast ice cream I've just made! ;)

    10. frosting_lips ages ago | reply

      great photo!

    11. kitchenlady ages ago | reply

      look yummy! cookie, my favorite!

    12. the half-blood prince ages ago | reply

      that looks really good.

    13. mwhammer 119 months ago | reply

      great stack!

    14. ~betka 111 months ago | reply

      they look so delicious!

    15. caitlinzaino 107 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Urban Grocer, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Little Grey 105 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called pretty sweets, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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