One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is how it connects you with other people. You would think that sitting behind a computer all day would be isolating but I’ve met some of my dearest friends through blogging. When I was first blogging, gift exchanges were all the rage. In fact, I even helped host one, one year. But as blogging and the Internet have changed, you just don’t see these swaps as often. So, when I discovered The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, my heart burst with joy.
The same week I found out about the Cookie Swap, I also learned of a bake sale sponsored by one of my favorite local groups #MKEFoodies. Coincidentally, both events contributed to the same wonderful cause, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It was a win-win on all fronts. I got to enjoy baked goods from amazing bloggers across the country, support one of my favorite local organizations, and help both groups raise a significant amount of money for an awesome non-profit!
When it came to what cookies I would make for these events, I didn't have to think too hard. One cookie stands out in my mind above all the rest during the holidays, the Molasses Cookie. Molasses Sugar Cookies are truly my go-to holiday cookie. It’s the one that my mom ALWAYS made during the holidays, no matter how busy things got. It’s the cookie that reminds me the most of Christmas and the people I love. Despite being picky about sweets, I could eat several dozen of these in one sitting without a complaint. The chewy texture, and sweet and spicy flavor just make everything feel like Christmas time.
I had so much fun baking these treats, making them look pretty and sharing them with both groups. I received delicious cookies from three wonderful bloggers through the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: The Divine Miss Mommy, Cupcake and Bacon and The Lean Green Bean. They were all so yummy and my husband and I had no problem putting them to good use.
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Makes 5 dozen
1 ½ cups shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup molasses
4 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups sifted flour
1 ½ teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups granulated sugar for cookie rolling
To Make Molasses Cookies
Melt shortening and let cool. Add shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs and mix. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes to an hour. Dough can be made a day in advance and stored in refrigerator, if needed. Additionally, dough freezes well if you would like to make it a few weeks in advance.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place 2-3 cups granulated sugar on large flat plate.
Remove dough from fridge. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, form dough into small balls. Roll balls in plate of sugar, covering completely.
Place dough on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Do not flatten.
In between batches, dough should be put back in the fridge so that it doesn’t get too soft, otherwise it will be difficult to handle.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet or they will fall apart.
Enjoy with a large glass of cold milk and a good friend!