12 Days of Cookies: Orange-Molasses Drops (#5)

Posted on December 10, 2011

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These cookies just say CHRISTMAS in all caps.  They are spicy, crunchy, and filled with the classic flavors of the holiday. These cookies also passed our rigorous taste examination.  They are not as heavy in the butter and sugar department, so they make the perfect after-school snack with a class of milk or warm cocoa.

Orange Molasses Drops

Adapted from “Lucinda’s Molasses Drops” on Martha Stewart.com

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • zest of half a large orange
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Raw, coarse sugar for rolling

Combine the dry ingredients (incl. the sugar) in a bowl and whisk together.  Melt butter in a saucepan over very low heat, along with the zest and orange juice.  You want to seep the zest a bit to enhance the flavor.  Pour the warm butter in a mixing bowl.  Add the molasses, milk and egg.  Stir in the dry ingredients and fold by hand until incorporated.  Shape 1 1/2 ” balls out of the cookie dough, then roll in sanding sugar.  Chill in the fridge (or on your back porch if it is SO COLD like it already is in Idaho), smash slightly with the bottom of a glass, and cook in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool.  But not for long.  You will want to eat one right away.  Someone needs the hard job, right?

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