Yep, that’s right. It’s recipe time. Before I get into all that though, I want to participate in this week’s Thankful Thursday, hosted by the lovely Jessie over at Jessie Loves to Run. I’ve been wanting to participate for awhile now (I have a lot to be thankful for, so I should) and I finally remembered/found the time! Here we go, 10 things I’m thankful for.
1. I’m thankful for cookies, naturally.
2. I’m thankful for a family who loves and understands me. There aren’t many people who want to hang out with their mom and dad on a Saturday night from time to time, and I can honestly say that I do. Just this past Saturday, I was up until 1am chatting away with my mom and sister, drinking wine. It was so much fun.
3. I’m thankful for not just one, but two cancelled lectures this week. It’s the little things.
4. I’m thankful for Trader Joe’s. Are you surprised?
5. I’m thankful for my roommate Andrea. Seriously. Finding a roommate who you not only get along with, but also have similar living standards and habits, is like finding the holy grail. We’re both clean (but not to an obsessive level), we share all of the household chores, and if one of us happens to go exceptionally OCD one weekend and clean the entire apartment, we appreciate it! And it all balances out. Oh and, we’re pretty much the same person. And best friends.
6. On that note, I’m thankful for my financial independence and a house/apartment that I love.
7. I’m thankful for Christmas music that seems to be the only thing getting me through my 10 (more like 12) hour work days.
8. I’m thankful for sleeping in on Saturdays. I love sleep.
9. I’m thankful for blogging and the blog world in general. Every time I get overwhelmed with it all and think it might be time to cross “blogging” off my to-do list, I get an encouraging or sweet comment that changes my mind. Blogging is time consuming (any of you fellow bloggers can agree I’m sure), but it’s worth it.
10. I’m thankful for my health, and the health of all my loved ones. After writing that just then, I realized what a blessing that truly is.
::insert smooth transition…::
Onto more important things! Cookies! (just kidding—sort of )
Quick story to try and convey just how delicious these cookies are.
About a year ago, one of my best friends Amanda lost her grandmother. It was so awful, especially since the entire family was very close to her. I wanted to do something, anything to help comfort them in some way. So I made these cookies.
Amanda later told me that they received dozens of baked goods, meals, etc. from friends and family when they were grieving. Her dad, upon tasting these cookies, could not stop raving, “I mean the rest of this stuff is great and all, but these cookies. Man. I cannot stop eating them.”
They’re addictive. You’ve been warned.
Molasses Spice Cookies
From a friend of a friend (unsure of original source)
2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1. The night before (this batter chills at least 1 hour, preferably overnight), in a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar, until well combined. Beat in egg, then beat in molasses. Set aside.
2. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir well (using a whisk or similar).
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in small batches, about 3-4 should do it. Beat together until fully combined. The batter will be a tad crumbly, and somewhat difficult to work with (unless you have a fancy schmancy KitchenAid).
4. Once the dough is fully combined, wrap in parchment paper and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
5. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
6. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball. Then,take your cookie dough ball and roll it in granulated sugar until it’s completely coated. Place the cookie dough ball on a non-stick baking sheet (pictures below). If you don’t have a non-stick baking sheet, use parchment paper or a Silpat.
7. Gently press the cookie dough ball with your thumb, leaving a small print.
8. Continue this process until your cookie sheet is full. Bake for 10-12 minutes (11 is perfect in my oven).
9. Remove cookies from the oven, and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan, until they’re set.
10. Eat lots’o cookies!
My entire family is obsessed with these. We’re all cookie monsters! Here’s some pictures to illustrate the baking process a bit more.
Cookie dough balls coated in granulated sugar, is there anything better? I don’t think so.
I hope you guys get a chance to try this recipe! I can’t wait to make them again. They’ll definitely be on the menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas!
Ok, I think it’s time for me to hit the hay. One last picture…
What are you thankful for today? What’s your favorite festive cookie this season?