I love the smell of the holidays. We’ve got a few weeks yet to go before the season really gets under way, but I couldn’t resist getting a head start on the festivities with a batch of spicy ginger molasses cookies.
Nothing speaks of holiday cheer like fresh homemade cookies and the sweet, inviting smell that envelopes your home as they come out of the oven. The act of baking is so intimately tied to moments of celebration and joy; the scent of spice, warm and rich, soothes the senses and instantly puts everyone in a cheerful mood. Cookies are certainly the perfume of the holiday season.
With their crackly tops and spicy complex flavor these ginger molasses crinkle cookies are high on my list of cold weather favorites.
Soft and chewy thanks to the hint of molasses, they invigorate your palate with a zippy combination of both fresh and dried ginger for a well-rounded, deep spiciness. Pleasantly spicy without being hot, the two layers of ginger create a deeper dimension of heat each building upon the other, quietly supported by the gentle warmth of cinnamon and allspice.
Thankfully they come together in a matter of minutes and are as easy as can be. Just a few minutes of measuring, grating and whisking results in a soft dark dough that’s then scooped by the spoonful onto awaiting baking sheets; puffing up and out as they bake, creating the hallmark cracks of a traditional crinkle cookie but without any gluten or grains.
Time to get baking, the season is nearly here!
What are your favorite cookies to bake during the holidays?
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