Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats
I am so excited for this Christmas series. 12 days of delicious and decadent Christmas treats, starting today! You may think I’m crazy, but I started planning these posts last December! That is either a testament to how much I look forward to Christmas baking, or to how much of a crazy list maker I am. I think it’s the baking 🙂
The first recipe I’m sharing with you, however, I just found a few weeks ago! It comes from Mommie Cooks, written by Julie, my new friend I met at Food Blog Forum in Atlanta. This recipe was her grandmother’s, and since old family recipes appeal to me (and her pictures made these cookies look incredible), I knew I had to make them.
These are a great classic Christmas cookie. They have a wonderful molasses/ginger flavor and a perfectly soft and chewy texture. The glaze on top is a great flavor contrast and makes the cookies a little more special.
Mike really liked these, and he normally isn’t a fan of molasses cookies. Although I think he’ll eat anything if I put a powdered sugar glaze on it.
If you’re looking for a soft and chewy molasses cookie for the holidays, give these a try. You won’t be sorry. 🙂
P.S. You can see all of my Christmas treat recipes from over the years at this Christmas Cookies tag. Enjoy! And, as always, let me know if you try any and how you liked them.
- 3/4 Cup of Shortening (I used half shortening, half butter)
- 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 Cup of Molasses
- 21/4 Cups of Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1 tsp of Ginger
- 1/2 tsp of Cloves
- Sugar for Dipping
- 1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp of Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350. Cream together shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and mix well.
- Add about 1/4 cup of white sugar to a small bowl. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Roll your ball in the sugar, set it on your cookie sheet and press down on it with with a fork. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until cookies are just set. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add milk until the glaze is about the consistency of honey, or a little thinner. Drizzle the glaze over each cookie and allow it to harden.
from Mommie Cooks
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Megan, these look really good. I'm going to try them. I know my Mom will LOVE them. (awesome photos. again)
These look so good – my husband would love them!
hahah you started planning LAST x'mas? uh huh…crazy! lol jk.
those kringles look beautiful and have the same thickness and size too! i wonder if i can omit the shortenings and use all butter? cant wait to give it a go soon! can imagine having a cup of hot drink to go with it!
oh these look perfect for the holidays!
Those look great, Megan! I love the sweet glaze drizzled over them…yum!
I love how they look like they sparkle in the last pic! Molasses cookies are amazing.
Yours turned out beautiful! Great shots Megan and thanks so much for the shout out!
I can't wait to see what you cook up for day 2!
Great! Thank you for the recipe! xoxo ~
Yum! I love molasses cookies…especially soft, chewy ones! These are definitely going on my list. 😉
Oh my goodness! If it is already “12 Days Of Christmas Cookies” time then that means I have been reading your blog for over a year! Wow… times flies!
Loving this first batch of cookies for December 1st!!
Hey Megan! I am a big planner too and think it is perfectly normal to plan things a year in advance! 🙂 These look so good and nothing says Christmas like baking especially with Grandma's recipes!! (Even if you are borrowing a grandma LOL!)
I love molasses krinkles! They are so yummy and your photos are definitely making me hungry. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Megan oh my word I LOVE Molasses cookies and anything thas ginger in it, has my name on it! Your cookies look sooo delicious. I love the drizzle of icing on the top!
And I don't think you're crazy at all! Anyone who's posting 12 days of cookies is my new favorite friend. 😉 I can't wait to see what else you'll be baking!
I meant to say that has ginger in it. Ooops!
I don't think you are crazy at all. I just started blogging about four months ago and have been overwhelmed at all the work… Planning is the key. Grandma always has the best recipes!!
These look awesome. Many thanks
I love gingerbread anything! It just screams holiday 🙂
They look great, Megan!!
Thanks for checking out my blog! I LOVE LOVE LOVE molasses cookies, and yours look fabulous! I make Molasses Ginger Crinkles that are yummilicious – you should check them out!
Looking forward to your 12 days of sweets! 🙂
Megan – we are too similar since I started planning Christmas goodies a year ago, too! I love soft gingerbread cookies and these look delicious – even better that they are a family recipe from your friend…those are the best!
These look great! I am planning a cookie baking day with my in-laws this weekend. They do a lot of their grandmother's recipes and Molasses Cookies is one of them. I can't wait!
Mmm perfect for the holidays.
These look delicious! I've never made cookies with shortening. I'll have to give it a go.
Yay for molasses–they are my fav! And I've never tried em with a glaze, so this is a great exuse! 🙂
I love molasses cookies! The flavors immediately remind me of Christmas. Excited to see the other cookies you have in your line-up!
I love how you glazed the tops of these cookies. Molasses cookies are one of my absolute faves so I'm glad to see that you made these.
Ginger is my weakness. And these kringles look so perfect — round, crisp and welcoming.
These look SO good Megan! I just got about a kajillion gallons of molasses from a bloggy thing and I need to use it up; there are only so many times I can make my family eat home-made baked beans…
I love making molasses cookies but have never put a glaze on them…great idea! Thanks for sharing your recipe…and the others for the 12 days of cookies!
Yum! I saw these over on Julie's blog when she posted them. Now thanks to you (and her) I'm definitely going to have to try them. They sound and look wonderful!
Just made these – delicious!
stellaastrid – Glad you liked them! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know 🙂
Seriously these are just about the best cookies EVER!! I can't even tell you enough how happy I am that you shared this – this will forever be an annual tradition in this house!!
anonymous – yay! I'm so glad you liked these! Your comment made my day 🙂
megan, are these the same cookies as posted here:
http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2009/12/ginger-chewies.html under “ginger chewies?” i'm curious because the recipes look the same in the ingredients but even despite the glaze, the photos look different (one version is much darker). is the difference in color because of your photo lighting or am i missing something else? thank you!
sweetie – Wow, good catch! Isn't it funny, I actually had no idea of the similarity between these recipes. The method is slightly different, and this recipe calls for shortening rather than butter. I'm guessing that helps keep these a little puffier and lighter in color. I do remember being surprised at how dark the ginger chewies turned out. Some of it however, is probably due to lighting. These pictures were taken using natural light, the others were taken using my terrible kitchen lighting. I actually preferred this version of the cookie if you're looking to make one of them. Thanks!
i just made molasses cookies today! i love them!
Made these today and LOVED them!
Elisa – Glad you liked them! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know 🙂
Made these today and they are absolutely delicious. A new favorite around here!!
I’m glad you liked them! 🙂
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