I recently re-discovered the Chicago Public Library and, after updating my card, checked out a few cookbooks. One of them was Texas Home Cooking, by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. I saw a recipe for Molasses Spice Cookies that looked different from any of the others I had tried so I thought it would be worth a shot.
And it was worth more than a shot. It has been a while now since I have actually had an Archway molasses cookie, but the cookie this recipe produces matches exactly my memory of how it should taste and feel. It is soft and chewy with the rich dark taste of molasses and just the right amount of sweetness and spice. I took them to work and got rave reviews there as well. I will definitely be making these again. Often.
Home Cookin Chapter: Cookies
MOLASSES SPICE COOKIESMakes about 5 dozen cookies
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup unsulphured dark molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
approximately 1/4 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F.
Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add the egg and molasses and mix well. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (except for the sugar) and mix into a soft dough.
Pour the sugar onto a small plate or saucer. Roll the dough into small balls (about 3/4-inch in diameter), then roll each ball in the sugar. Place the rolled balls onto the baking sheet about one-and-a-half inches apart.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, turning the sheets halfway through to ensure evenness. Do not let them overbake or they will not stay soft and chewy. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to paper towels while they finish cooling.
Will keep for 5 to 7 days in a tightly-sealed container.
from Texas Home Cooking, by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison(Harvard Common Press, 1993
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