Remember those big, round, gingery cookies that you get at the roadside tea-stalls in India? The ones that you dunk in tea and hold until they almost break? The ones that you get for a rupee each? These masala molasses cookies that my dear friend Kate made for me are exactly like that. Do try the recipe and let us know how it goes. 🙂
Masala Molasses Cookies
-by Kate Ozment
These cookies are a family recipe (of sorts). They were a favorite on my mother’s side growing up, but no one could remember the recipe or who had it. When my father inherited a china cabinet from his mom, inside we found a hand-written recipe for the same cookies. Even though they were from the wrong side of the family, we tried them, and they’re delicious. I’ve made them so often in double and triple batches (they freeze excellently) that I don’t remember the single recipe without checking. They use a lovely mixture of spices that just perfumes the dough when you’re baking, and they’re a great break from the chocolate chip that everyone brings to bake sales. I roll mine in standard sugar, but if you really love that dark, molasses flavor, you can try rolling them in brown and white sugars.
The important thing about this recipe is that you MUST chill the dough. The recipe says for an hour, but I recommend at least two, or overnight if you can (cover it so it doesn’t dry out). The colder it is, the better. I didn’t believe it at first.. but trust me, if you try and work with room-temperature dough with molasses in it, it will stick to your hand. Don’t be surprised if the cookies flatten out a little bit after you pull them out of the oven. If you don’t over-bake them, they’ll still be chewy and delicious!
Masala molasses cookies recipe
1 cup butter (8 tbsp) at room temperature
1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup or so before baking
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and beat until smooth. Sift together flour, soda, and spices. Add little by little to the batter until well incorporated.
Leave dough to chill in the fridge, covered, for 1-2 hours. Roll dough into 1 in. balls and coat in sugar (putting it in a bowl is best). Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
It is ESSENTIAL you chill the dough and bake it chilled. If it’s warm, it’s way too sticky to roll properly, and the molasses gets gooey and makes the cookies bake weird. I suggest chilling overnight.