Our family falls into spicy-cookie and vanilla-cookie teams, and this is the Spicy team's all time favorite. We make them all year round, but especially love dressing them up for the holidays. For readers who've been with us from the beginning, you may recognize them from Knitcircus #4.
Makes approximately 30 cookies
20 min to prep and roll, 12-14 min to bake
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted
1/4 blackstrap molasses
1 C sugar
1/4 t salt
2t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t allspice
1 t powdered ginger
2 C flour (for holidays, we use unbleached all-purpose, for the rest of the year, half white and half whole wheat pastry flour)
2-3 T additional sugar, for rolling; or use 1 T sugar and 2 t sanding sugar for each color desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper.
Melt butter and put in medium mixing bowl. Beat in molasses and sugar. Beat in egg.
Add dry ingredients to mixture and stir well.
Roll cookies into 1.5" balls. Put sugar in small bowl (or two if using two colors sanding sugar) Roll each ball in extra sugar and place on cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes for chewy-in-the-middle cookies, or 14 min for crunchy cookies.