Molasses Cookies From the Silver Palate

February  7, 2020
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

The dough is also exceedingly quick to make (you could be eating one 30 minutes from now), and they bake up flat and chewy, which means they’re the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie.

Reprinted with permission from Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom. —Genius Recipes

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 24 very large flat cookies
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks/170g) sweet butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups (220g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Melt butter, add sugar and molasses, and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to butter mixture; blend well.
  3. Sift flour with spices, salt, and baking soda, and add to first mixture; mix. Batter will be wet.
  4. Lay a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet. Drop tablespoons of cookie batter on foil, leaving 3 inches (7.5cm) between the cookies. These will spread during the baking.
  5. Bake until cookies start to darken, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven while still soft. Let cool on foil.

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