Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's Beginning to Smell a lot like Christmas


In another blog-inspired impulse, I just finished enjoying a rainy morning in the kitchen baking molasses cookies. I followed the recipe as Ree has it, except that I made a double batch, I whisked my dry ingredients together to distribute everything evenly, and I rolled the cookies in demerara sugar before popping them into the oven. I think I rolled them a little smaller than hers too, because I ended up with about five dozen cookies instead of the expected 36 and they're still a nice size. The fragrance is incredible - I shelled and ground my own cardamom in my old coffee grinder (not because I'm crazy - it's because I bought it a few months ago for another recipe and I could only find it in the pod - right now it's in the stores pre-ground probably cuz it's in a bunch of Christmas recipes) and between the spices and the molasses and the demerara sugar baking, I wish I could bottle the smell and sell it as Eau de Noel.


PS John came home for lunch today and proclaimed these the best molasses cookies he's ever eaten...he's something of a connoisseur, so that's a great recommendation! If you bake them, and you should - they're easy - don't overbake. They're best after they've cracked but are still a little on the chewy side.

6 comments:

Jane said...

Seriously, I say your Facebook status and was going to email for the recipe but here it is. You always know what people want before they want it! I can't wait to bake them! Yummy!

Cactusneedles said...

Those look great! My mom used to make molassas cookies that looked like those. I might have to add them to my Christmas cookie bake-a-thon this weekend!

Windansea said...

Definitely make these cookies - my kids are raving about them, my husband is raving about them - they're a hit!

2L3Bs World said...

You really made my mouth waters.. gee, i'm here in my china office and you know what? cookies and cakes here are terribly yucky.. the baking ingredients too are not that easily available! oh my, i hope we can migrate soon enough so we can bake one like yours.. thanks for sharing.. i hope you can post down you recipe for the mollasses cookies.. http://www.2L3Bs.blogspot.com. thanks and happy christmas to you..!

Jane said...

I can't count any more how many times I have had to pass out this recipe to people!!!!

Windansea said...

I know, right? They're awesome!