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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies 54.000

Jonathan Ernst for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2009 Dec 9, 2009

This thin cookie is chewy, thanks to the addition of crystallized ginger.

Make Ahead: The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month. Store the cookies in an airtight container for 3 days.

Servings: 54 small cookies
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies (may substitute raw sugar for rolling the cookies)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Combine the flour, ground ginger, baking soda and salt on a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper.

Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on low speed to start, then on medium speed for about 4 minutes, until the mixture is light. Add the egg, molasses and crystallized ginger; beat until well combined.

Reduce the speed to low, then add the flour mixture; beat until just incorporated. The dough will be quite soft and sticky.

Use a tablespoon to scoop dough for large cookies, or a generous teaspoon to scoop dough for smaller cookies. Roll the scoops of dough into a ball in your hands, then roll them in the sugar; place on the baking sheets spaced about 2 inches apart. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly cracked on top. (If using raw sugar to roll the cookies, the sugar crystals will be lightly browned on top.)

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving or storing.

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Recipe Source

From Roger Potter, pastry chef at 701 Restaurant in Northwest Washington.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per small cookie: 59

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 11mg 4%

Sodium: 36mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 8g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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