Cook the Book: Soft Molasses Cookies

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20091130-cookieman.jpgWhile surveying the many cookies I have baked this week, it occurred to me that they all fall into the crisp, crumbly, and crunchy camp of cookies. So, to mix things up I have decided to end this week with a soft cookie recipe.

These Soft Molasses Cookies from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion achieve their perfect soft cookie texture from being pulled out of the oven while the centers are still soft and quite puffy.

As they cool the centers fall creating tiny ridges and canyons sparking with light coating of sugar. The flavor is pretty much unbeatable—rich and earthy with molasses and just the right hint of warm spice from the cloves and ginger. The cookies also turned out to be the ideal cookie size—big enough that you can theoretically be satisfied with one, but not so large that you feel bad about eating a few.

One more note: The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion is one of the best baking books I have ever used. Every cookie came out perfect, not a single dud. It's a solid five hundred pages of cookie recipes that even the most amateur baker can feel comfortable tackling.

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Cook the Book: Soft Molasses Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:44 cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks , 8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar, plus more for coating the dough
  • 1/2 cup (6 ounces) molasses
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses while mixing at a slow speed, then the baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. Stir in the flour. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

  2. 2

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

  3. 3

    Shape or scoop the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. Roll them in granulated sugar and put them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between them.

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