Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Mother in Law's Molasses Cookies

Okay to be honest this is not her actual recipe.  My Mother in Law made THE BEST molasses cookies I have ever had.  Sadly, none of us has a copy of her famous recipe!  After years of bemoaning this fact I decided..."Hey, I remember what they taste like...maybe I can figure this out!"
So here is my version of her cookies. They taste very very close. My husband agrees and since he ate millions of these growing up I feel pretty good about this recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold strong coffee
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cup flour
1/4 tea salt
2 tea baking soda
1 tea cinnamon
1 tea cloves
1 tea ginger

preheat oven to 375

Using your mixer, beat butter until fluffy.  Then beat in the sugar.  Next add the egg, coffee, and molasses.  Combine all very well. Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix together very well. Put the soft dough in the refridgerator for a few hours.  THIS STEP IS VERY MPORTANT. I made them without chilling and they do not come out the same...
On parchment covered cookie sheets, drop by rounded teaspoonful - these do spread so space the dough.  Bake about 9 minutes...very very important these should look just short of done....They should look like they should bake another 1-2 minutes but DON'T do it. They will 'deflate' as they cool. These are a soft chewy cookie.  I hope you enjoy