Ain’t Your Grandmas Molasses Cookies

10 Nov


Actually these are grandmas cookies. My husbands grandma Phyllis, that is. This is her cookie order for the week not her recipe thu. Her and grandpa love cookies. I try to at least three times a month to make them both cookies. If I ask grandpa what his cookie order is without asking grandma first she’ll give me the “stink eye” so I’ve learned to ask her first from now on!

Grandma Phyllis usually picks the same two cookies for her order every time. Molasses or White Chocolate Chip cookies. But, this time she couldn’t decide, so I decided for her. I put the two favorites together. And this is how they turned out, and this is what she got! She loved them. SSShhhewww!

I started gathering my recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas baking, and I love it! The cooler weather and all of the holiday baking supplies on the store shelves are so intriguing to want to use. So, adding the chopped cranberries on top of the white chocolate doesn’t only scream Christmas its delicious too!

Using dark brown sugar instead of light in this recipe makes for a slightly chewy cookie along with it being a more traditional dark colored molasses cookie. The adding of the oil also adds to the chewiness. I thought it was strange at first but, it turns out to be quite a lovely textured cookie.

The traditional start to every cookie, cream the butter and sugars together. I only had light brown sugar. Still a fantastic cookie with light brown sugar! Don’t make a special trip to the store especially if you have a 3 year old like me!

Sift together the dry ingredients

Spray the measuring cup for the molasses with cooking spray first before you measure the molasses. This makes for a clean pour

20121109-233529.jpgAdd the dry ingredients

20121110-063226.jpgMix thoroughly. Roll into balls and cover with sugar

Don’t over bake! For a chewy/soft cookie remove cookies from the oven right before they look completely set in the middle. Let cool completely and dip or drizzle with white chocolate. Add, chopped cherries and toffee pieces. Enjoy!


Oh, my lands! That’s an old fashion expression for an updated cookie!

Ain’t Your Grandmas Molasses Cookie
*Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar or light
2 tablespoons vegetable, canola, or safflower oil
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses (lightly grease measuring cup to prevent the molasses from sticking)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl sift or whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 – 3 minutes). Add the oil, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Beat in the flour mixture mixture until well incorporated. Cover and chill the batter until firm (about 2 hours or overnight). I don’t follow this rule all the time!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place about 1 cup of white granulated sugar in a medium sized bowl. When the dough has chilled sufficiently, roll into about 1 inch balls. Then roll the balls of dough into the sugar, coating them thoroughly. Place on the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 9 – 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have crinkles yet are barely dry. (They should look a little underdone.) Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Melt your dipping chocolate and dip or drizzle the cookies however you please. Add the chopped cherries and toffee when the chocolate is still wet. Let the chocolate harden completely before storing in a air tight container for up to a week. Who lets cookies hang around for a week?!?!

Recipe adapted from: The Best of Fine Cooking ‘Cookies’ Magazine.


4 Responses to “Ain’t Your Grandmas Molasses Cookies”

  1. Forevermore 10/11/2012 at 7:53 am #

    Oh, for the love of Phyllis — me lovem’ cookies – Go Phyllis, GRANDPA!, and Tahny!! This is definitely a stepped-up molasses cookie!

  2. LorraineJean (@LorraineJean) 11/11/2012 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe Tahny! You know how I love me some molasses cookies! I am glad to add this one to my arsenal of sweet recipes. Might even have to think about having you bake some for me some day! Only if you make them all fancy as* like you did for Grandma 🙂
    Cheers to my fav. blogger, chef, caterer!!!
    Love ya!

  3. Nancy 13/11/2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Just baked these deeeelicious cookies, thank you

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