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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.

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Molasses Crinkles

A chewy, spiced molasses cookie, rolled in powdered sugar.

Cook Time 12 minutes
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

  1. Combine butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and molasses and mix well.

  2. Add salt, baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, and mix to incorporate. Add flour and mix just until incorporated.

  3. 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.

  4. Bake at 350F for 11-13 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

 

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Let me preface this story by telling you that Robb and I get along great.  We really do.

But, our differing personalities being what they are, sometimes the way we get along doesn’t look like getting along, exactly.

For example, Robb has this burning desire to take his humor one step to far.  No, desire is not a strong enough word.  It’s a need.  An addiction.  A mental illness, if you will.

Let’s say he starts out with a funny joke, we laugh, we talk about it some more, his joking turns slightly rude and offensive, and I stop laughing.

This, my friends, THIS is the moment when Robb cannot physically stop himself from pushing the joke one more step into the range of offensive.  He can’t do it.

I simultaneously love and hate him for it.

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Now, if Robb were here, he would probably mention to you my affinity for picking fights.  It’s not that I actually want to fight, it’s more like I want someone to get involved, get emotional, challenge me, push me.  Robb just never fights with me when I want him to.  It’s SO annoying.

But Robb is not here, so I guess I can tell you that just today, HE picked a fight with me, and he was really looking forward to the “so there!” moment, but I was super sweet and didn’t fight with him, and he got no satisfaction at all.

So there.

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Carrot Cookies

A crumbly carrot cake – like cookie with cream cheese frosting.

Source: Adapted from a recipe given to me by my neighbor, Cheryl, who says her grandmother has been making it for years.  

Yield: About 3-4 dozen

Carrot cake always seems like an autumn dessert to me.  I think it’s the cinnamon that does it.  But, with Easter and bunnies and eggs, a carrot-based dessert seemed appropriate.  My friend and neighbor Cheryl brought me a plate full of these cookies, along with a copy of the recipe, quite some time ago.  I stashed the recipe away in my files, and made a mental note to make my own batch sometime, but there always seemed to be something more… I don’t know… chocolate to make.  Thanks to the onset of Easter, I finally had a good excuse to mix up the cookie I have intended to bake for months now.

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