Cookies are the best to send off to friends in the mail. This upcoming week is my good friend, Patty's birthday. As a little gift, I decide to bake a few batches of cookies. One of my favorites are ginger cookies, I'm constantly looking for new and unique recipes. As an alternative I decided to substitute blackstrap molasses for regular molasses. Blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health.
ginger molasses cookies
adapted from Aquavit's gingerbread cookies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoons sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup (105g) molasses
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cardamom, salt and pepper. Add the sugar, butter, egg, and molasses and beat with a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth.
- Divide the dough into 5 equal pieces and form into a log. Wrap each log in a piece of parchment paper and put in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350∞ F.
- Cut each log into 1/4" slices. Arrange the slices on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving an inch between each piece. Bake, turning the pan halfway through baking, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly.