Baking for the Firemen: Chewy Molasses Crinkles – Recipe

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On this day when everyone is reflecting on the events that so effected the country all those years ago I turn to baking. When I am stressed I bake. The exactness required in baking makes me focus and takes me away from what is bothering me at least for a little while.

I bake for the volunteer firefighters here in town twice a month for their training meetings. These local heroes deserve these treats and so much more. I try to find different kinds of baked goods to send in each meeting so they have something unique every time. I decided on cookies this particular week and I went to a cookbook where I find a lot of great recipes – Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

It has chilled down here quite precipitously so I was thinking of Fall flavors. As I was paging through the cookbook I happened upon the recipe for Chewy Molasses Crinkles and I knew I had found what I was seeking.

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Chewy Molasses Crinkles

Makes about 2 dozen

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 TBS vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt

granulated sugar or sugar in the raw for rolling cookies

Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer with the paddle attached. Beat for about 3 minutes on medium until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then mix in the oil and molasses. TIP: to make it easier to get all of the molasses out of the measuring cup I add oil first and swirl it around. I add the oil to the batter. Then I add the molasses to the measuring cup. It slides out much easier.

Reduce the speed to low and gradually mix in the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. (I made a double batch)

Preheat oven to 325°.
Fill a small bowl with about 1/4 cup sugar in the raw or granulated sugar. You will probably need a little more before you are done rolling the cookies. Using a small scoop, drop balls of batter into the sugar and coat them thoroughly. Roll them between your hands into balls.

Place the balls 3″ apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper (I use silicone mats) and bake for 17 minutes rotating their shelves halfway between the cooking time.

Let the cookies cool on the cookies sheets for several minutes before you try and remove them to cooling racks.

I was baking these when my oven died. Fortunately I had most of them baked before it conked out on me.

How Were They?

These were really delicious cookies. The molasses made them very rich in flavor and the spices. I’ll be making these again. The firemen really enjoyed them too.

More Cookie Recipes:

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Homemade Sandwich Cookies

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