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Molasses Cookies, All Grown Up

March 20, 2014

Rochelle Bilow, photo by Nikole Herriott & Michael Graydon, recipe by Alison Roman

Busy week? Calm things down with these molasses cookies. (We suddenly have a whole new understanding of the phrase “slow as molasses”). Our favorite and familiar baking spices—ginger and cinnamon—meet with fragrant cardamom for added complexity to one of childhood’s most classic treats, and the combination of both granulated and brown sugars and molasses makes for a chewy, sophisticated, and kind of sparkly cookie. Added bonus? These cookies go perfectly with milk—or a mug of mulled cider. Simple to bake, and subtly sweet for your grown-up palate, this is nostalgia at its most delicious.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup mild-flavored (light) or robust-flavored (dark) molasses
  • ¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • Coarse sanding or raw sugar (for rolling)

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Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 375°. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg, butter, granulated sugar, molasses, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in dry ingredients just to combine.

Place sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls (if dough is sticky, chill 20 minutes). Roll in sugar and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2” apart.

Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around edges (overbaked cookies won’t be chewy), 8–10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

DO AHEAD: Cookie dough can be made and rolled into balls 2 weeks ahead. Freeze on a baking sheet; transfer to resealable plastic bags. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes before rolling in sugar.

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