Ginger Molasses Crinkles

Cookie December continues here at the Bluenose Baker! Have you checked out my Christmas Tree cookies yet? So simple, yet so cute!

Today’s cookie features a great mix of holiday flavours. Molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves all mix up into an irresistibly chewy cookie. They look cute too, so they’re great for a cookie exchange or for giving as gifts. You need to make these Ginger Molasses Crinkles this holiday season!

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These might be my favourite non-chocolate cookie, and this is one holiday recipe that I sometimes can’t resist making during the year. But there will always be a batch at Christmastime. My father-in-law particularly loves these, so I might pack up a batch in the Christmas package we’re sending to Ontario.

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Molasses is one of the key ingredients in these chewy cookies. You might already have some in your pantry for holiday gingerbread, but it’s a great ingredient to keep on hand year round. We Bluenosers use molasses in all sorts of ways – it’s great on biscuits and makes delicious brown bread (Check out Cristina’s recipe over at I Say Nomato.

Side note: where would you expect to find molasses in the grocery store? When I couldn’t find any at the third store I went to, I realized I’d been looking in the wrong aisle. Rather than with the baking supplies, it’s with the pancake syrup, near the jam and peanut butter. Brain hiccup on my part! And not the only one…it was the 3rd time in about 2 weeks I’d been looking for something in the wrong part of a store.

I digress…let’s get started on our cookies!

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You’ll need shortening (butter flavoured if you can find it, but I never have), sugar, an egg, molasses, flour, baking soda, salt and a tasty mix of spices: cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

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Whisk the flour, soda, salt and spices together in a bowl.

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Measure out the shortening – a task I can never accomplish without making a mess!

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Pop the shortening in the bowl of your stand mixer, along with a cup of the sugar.

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Cream the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.

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Beat in the egg and molasses.

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Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl, beating on low speed until combined.

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Put some of the additional sugar into a small bowl.

Roll the dough into 1 –inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar, coating it completely.

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Place the dough balls a few inches apart on lined cookie sheets.

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Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes.

Don’t overbake the cookies! You’ll know they’re done when the edges are set and the top is crackled. The dough inside the cracks will still look a bit raw.

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The cookies will puff up a bit in the oven, and then sink as they cool.

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Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a wire rack.

Perfect for a cookie exchange!

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They’re seriously delicious. Perfectly chewy and tender. The sugar gives a bit of crunch (you could use turbinado sugar for even more crunch if you’d like.)

 

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Last year I packaged up Ginger Crinkles and Snickerdoodles for all of my co-workers, along with Toffee and Peppermint Bark from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It was a very Merry and Sweet Christmas at our school!

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What’s your favourite holiday cookie?

 

Ginger Molasses Crinkles

  • Servings: 4 dozen cookies
  • Time: 30 min prep, 10 min bake
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Adapted from Our Best Bites

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Whisk the flour, soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl.

Cream sugar and shortening together with mixer until light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg and molasses.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl, beating on low speed until combined.

Put some of the additional sugar into a small bowl.

Roll the dough into 1 –inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar, coating it completely.

Place the dough balls a few inches apart on lined cookie sheets.

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes. The edges should be set and the tops cracked, with the dough inside still appearing a bit raw.

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3 thoughts on “Ginger Molasses Crinkles

  1. Mike Irvin says:

    I may be biased, but these are the tastiest ginger treats going. We followed the recipe this year and had lots of compliments on the flavour, and moist centre. Now an annual favourite. Thank-you BB

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