July 27, 2011

Chewy Molasses Cookies


It's been so long since I've had molasses cookies! They used to be one of my favorites when I was little. My grandma always made the best cookies. I was looking though my recipes trying to find a new dessert I could make with ingredients that I had on hand - and this was the winner! They're so chewy and sweet - and go great with a big glass of almond milk (or any milk of your choosing!) The smell of molasses always reminds of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. It's so funny how smells can do that to you! Those were some of my favorite books when I was little. I think the reason that they remind me of the books is because of a recipe I tried making when I was in the middle of reading the series. It was a sort of molasses candy that they had made in the book. I should try making it again!

I have a couple of new exciting things happening for Vegan Heartland! One being that I'll be hosting a Vegan Dinner party for my family this Saturday. My parents, my sister, some of my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins will be there! None of which are Vegan...not even Vegetarian actually. As part of the FoodBuzz publishing group though - I'll be doing a post with recipes + pictures + video! I hope they all like my Vegan food. Wish me luck!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup shortening - melted
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine - melted (or your favorite margarine!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling the dough in)

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted margarine, shortening, 1 cup sugar, and applesauce until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg in separate bowl. Blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the 1/4 cup white sugar. Place dough balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

4 comments:

  1. Yum! My grandma always had the packaged version of these at her house and I used to love them! I'm sure homemade ones taste even better :-)

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  2. Yum, our co-op has vegan molasses cookies, but I need to make my own when the heat isn't so high in my kitchen.

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  3. Hally - My grandma sometimes had packaged ones too. There's nothing like homemade!

    Linda - Thanks! I know how you feel. It's been pretty hot here, but I love baking too much I guess!

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