Molasses Crinkles

molasses-crinklesTo be completely honest, I was short on time. I had intended to make a pie over the weekend, but just couldn’t swing it. So I baked a quick batch of cookies instead.

Just as tasty, but much quicker.

Of course, all this time I saved by making cookies instead of pie was wasted when I lost the charger for my camera battery. I spent a good hour looking for it, and another hour pouting about it, before I finally discovered it in the car, of all places.

(Pretty sure I put it there when we went on family vacation, and then I forgot the actual camera.)

I guess I could have just made cookies and not photographed them, but where’s the fun in that?

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In my head, I was picturing the classic Chocolate Crinkles, a cookie I seriously¬†adore, and hoping I could make something with the same texture, and a different flavor profile. I wasn’t really sure it was feasible.

In the end, I came pretty close.

Well, except that I burned the first pan-full. But let’s not talk about that.

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For this recipe, I went a little heavy on the molasses, partly for the texture it gives the cookies, but mostly for the flavor.

This cookie is a little on the chewy side. If you want something crispier, just bake them an extra minute or two! The extra time you spend will be worth it.

Molasses Crinkles

A chewy, spiced molasses cookie, rolled in powdered sugar.
Cook Time12 mins
Servings: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • about 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • Combine butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and molasses and mix well.
  • Add salt, baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, and mix to incorporate. Add flour and mix just until incorporated.
  • Place powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into balls, and roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350F for 11-13 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

 

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