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The Best Homemade Gourmet Cookie: Molasses Spice Cookies

Updated on October 17, 2010

Gourmet Cookies ROCK!

Nothing fills a home with happy feelings quite like the scent of molasses spice cookies baking in the oven. The smell is so intoxicatingly wonderful and comforting that when delicious cookies come out at the end, they seem like a pleasant bonus.  I've spent a lot of time looking for a good, easy, inexpensive (ingredients-wise) molasses spice cookie, and ultimately ended up combining ingredients and tips from several recipes to create this one.  The cookies are crisp, rich, and rather dangerous in their addictiveness.  Bakers beware - these delicious cookies will disappear in a flash- maybe even before anyone aside from you gets to taste them!Aside from being addictive, these homemade cookies make for a wonderful gourmet gift around the holidays.  Make a bunch and share them with your friends and family!  

These cookies are lovely and complex with a great combination of spices.  Great with a nice, rich tea.
These cookies are lovely and complex with a great combination of spices. Great with a nice, rich tea. | Source
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Hello, beautiful | Source
The combination of spices is just right.  Trust me on this - even the salt and pepper are pulling their own weight here.
The combination of spices is just right. Trust me on this - even the salt and pepper are pulling their own weight here.

Ingredients

  • 5.3 fluid ounces (roughly 2/3 cup) of vegetable oil (I recommend Canola)
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) of granulated sugar
  • 90 grams (1/2 cup, packed) of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 fluid ounces of molasses (1/4 cup)
  • 240 grams (2 cups) of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • A dash of salt and pepper (less than 1/4 teaspoon each)
  • 65 grams granulated sugar (you'll roll your dough balls in this and use it for dusting - you might also consider Turbinado sugar for a nice touch and more granular finish)

Oooh- just look at those cookies, waiting for you to munch on them... if only you could smell the intoxicating scent!!
Oooh- just look at those cookies, waiting for you to munch on them... if only you could smell the intoxicating scent!! | Source
The crisp, crackly top is only improved by a dusting of sugar.  Mmmm.
The crisp, crackly top is only improved by a dusting of sugar. Mmmm. | Source
Dust the cookies with any leftover sugar
Dust the cookies with any leftover sugar
It adds even more of a lovely crispy topping!
It adds even more of a lovely crispy topping!
... just try not to eat all the dough @_@
... just try not to eat all the dough @_@

Procedure

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix oil and sugar in a large bowl
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well
  4. Mix in the molasses, flour, baking soda, and spices (you'll want a firm dough in the end, so add more flour if needed)
  5. Use a melon-baller or spoon to shape the dough into little balls- about 1.25 inches in diameter.  
  6. Roll the balls in your sugar
  7. Place (with adequate space in between them- 3 inches is suggested - these cookies are definitely the spreading type) on a baking sheet- either greased or on Silpat (though to be honest, I never grease my baking sheets, and these didn't stick)
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the tops look crisp and cracklely
  9. Cool on a baking rack and CHOW DOWN!!

Notes

These cookies are lactose free, so that's a plus for those of you whose stomachs aren't so amenable to the stuff! They're also convenient for times when the butter is running low, since many alternate molasses spice cookie recipes call for over one stick.  To make these cookies vegan, simply use an egg substitute instead of real egg.
This recipe was altered from the Cracke Top Molasses Cookies recipe by Laurie on Allrecipes.com.  What's different?  I added black pepper, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, and brown sugar, and converted the traditional measures to weight for greater convenience.
One final warning: Wash your mixing bowl RIGHT AFTER FINISHING or else you'll end up scraping up all the remnants and feeling overloaded with cookie dough.  Don't succumb to the temptation.  You have been warned.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The molasses spice cookies are my all-time favorite and your photos make my mouth water!! YUMMMO

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      If only you could smell them!!! I suppose the only downside of these is that they're so delicious... I just made the batch pictured and my stomach hates me now... poor full tummy. ToT

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing this recipe and the beautiful photos, I think I may be getting a whiff! :0)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks! Hehee!

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      Alison Dittmar 6 years ago from PA

      Love the tea cup Simone!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks so much! It belonged to my grandmother and I'm exceedingly fond of it XD

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 6 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I thought whats so gourmet about a Molassws spice cookie? But after reading your article and recipe, I plan to bake some this holiday. It was a childhood favorite. Thanks for jogging my memory.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I hope you enjoy baking an old childhood favorite!! That's the heart of gourmet food, really- it's all about enjoying food to the fullest extent imaginable, and foods that please one's sense of sight, smell, taste- and even memory- are the best for that!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Now I have another cookie to make for the Holidays. Thanks! I learned to back cookies because I had a sweet tooth and my Mom hardly every have sweets in the house.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      Simone,

      This looks *AMAZING*! Have bookmarked and plan to make for my halloween party! Perhaps a spiced rum drink to go with it?

      Gracias!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      2besure- That's a good way to learn!! Hehee- I hope this recipe works well for you :D

      And thanks so much yenajeon! Gosh- these would be GREAT with spiced rum!!! Something to compliment the sweetness of the cookie but still go well with the aroma and flavor... mmm... sounds like the perfect combo!

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      Sally Strebel 6 years ago

      Yum Simone! These cookies look delish. I actually have all of these ingredients in my kitchen. Hmm. Late night baking may be in my future. =)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hehee! Danger! Danger!

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      sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      These look delicious...definitely bookmarking this so we can try them soon! My teen baker extraordinairre will, no doubt, do the honors!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, teen bakers extraordinaire are EXCELLENT people to have around!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      'Cookies' are always an eye catcher for me, LOL. Your photos were a plus. My fave-Nestle's Tollhouse cookies. Love the aroma and the taste-right out of the oven! Awesome hub. YUM!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, I second that!! Gotta love the classics, and Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies ROCK!!

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      These are my all time favorites! I love them while they are still warm. Just smelling them as they bake is wonderful.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Yeah, definitely! Baking makes for the BEST aromatherapy in my world XD

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      Rajeev Pal 6 years ago

      these homemade cookies make for a wonderful gourmet gift around the holidays

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      water coolers 6 years ago

      These cookies are lovely and complex with a great combination of spices. Great with a nice, rich tea.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks!! I agree with both of you.

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      sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      These are so yummy! Teenagers made them this morning, and they are a big hit with the entire family!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh wow! I'm so glad!!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      These are my husband's all time favorite cookie. Will try your touch of a bit of pepper next time I make them. Would probably add to the spicy flavor. They DO make the house smell great! Thanks!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Your husband has great taste!! I hope you like the kick from the pepper. I sure do!

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      pushchat 21 months ago

      nice comment simone smith same as my father is also make taste food

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