chewy molasses-spice cookies
wanna hear the first naughty joke i ever heard? it’s courtesy of my friend sheila, we were probably 10 years old:
there were 3 moles, a papa mole, a mama mole, and a baby mole. they all lived on a farm. one moring the papa mole stuck his head out of the mole hole and said, “ooh i smell bacon.” the mama mole wanted to smell it too, so she stuck her head out of the mole hole. “ooh, i smell eggs!” baby mole wanted to smell this too, but there wasn’t enough room for his head too fit out of the hole. he said: “all i smell is mole-asses!!”
HA! i love that joke. i made this receipe today for my sweet hubs, he’s been begging for mole-asses cookies for about 3 weeks. at least.
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 T) unsalted butter, room temp
1 lg egg
1/4 c unsulfured molasses
preheat oven to 350. in med bowl whisk flour, soda, cinn, nutmeg and salt. in shallow bowl, set aside 1/2 c sugar. set aside.
beat butter and 1 c sugar til light and fluffy. beat in egg and then molasses. reduce speed to low, gradually add dry ingredients, beating just until dough forms.
using 1 level T per cookie, roll dough onto balls. then roll each ball in reserved sugar to coat.
place ball on baking sheets, about 3″ apart. bake 1 sheet at a time until edges of cookies are firm, 10-15 minutes. cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, transfer to rack to cool completely.
notes for next time – my balls, i make them big. little balls are ok, vanessa. make your balls smaller. that’s about it – quick, easy, not terribly messy and YUM.