Winter is the ideal time to hunker down, bake cookies, and relax with a cup of tea or coffee. Milk is also an ideal accompaniment.
These Molasses Spice cookies, while baking, will fill your kitchen with a pleasant, spicy aroma.
This recipe originated from a former fifth grade classroom teacher in Wellesley with whom I worked while teaching just after I graduated from college. She (Ruth) frequently brought these spice cookies to the staff room for all of us to enjoy.
Since then, they have become a family favorite! The tattered, well-used recipe (on an index card) has a special place in my file box!
Molasses Spice Cookies
- ¾ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar (not superfine)
- ¼ cup molasses (I use blackstrap for more intense flavor)
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Melt butter in saucepan. Let cool.
- Add sugar, molasses, and egg.
- Beat well.
- Add flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt together.
- Add this to the first mixture. Chill until firm (1-2 hrs.)
- Form in 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Place 2” apart on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 370 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- The cookies are fully baked when top is slightly soft to the touch and the top has cracks!
- Cool fully and enjoy!