How to make it

  • adjust oven rack to middle position. pre heat oven to 375*F. line 2 baking sheets with parchment papper. place 1/2 cup of sugar for dipping in a 8"-9" cake pan.
  • whisk flour,baking soda,spices and salt in a medium bowl,set aside
  • in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, beat butter with white and brown sugars at medium speed, until light and fluffy(about 3 minutes) reduce speed to medium-low and add vannila and egg yoke,increase speed to medium and beat until incorporated(about 20 seconds)reduce speed to medium-low and add molasses,beat till fully incorporated(about 30 seconds)scrape down sides of bowl.reduce speed to lowest setting and add flour and beat until just incorporated,scraoe down sides of bowl and give a final stir with a rubber spatula to make sure their are no flour pockets.dough will be soft.
  • using a tablespoon,scoop a heaping measure od dough and roll in hands to form a 1 1/2" ball,drop ball in cake pan,repeat to form 4 balls.toss in sugar to coat and set on prepared sheet.placing them 2" apart.repeat with rest of dough.
  • bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are browned, still puffy and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft(cookies will look raw between cracks on the top and look under done)
  • about 11 minutes,rotate sheet about half way thrugh baking.DON'T OVER COOK. cool 5 minutes on sheet then , using a wide spatula , place on wire rack to finish cooling
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  • cookies with dark rum glaze;
  • let cookies cool to room
  • while waiting whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 1/2 -3 Tbs dark rum in a small bowl until smooth, dip a spoon in mixture and drizzle over cookies. let dry for 19-15 minutes
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  • cookies with orange essence;
  • in a work bowl of a food processor,pracess 2/3 cup of granulated sugar and 2 tsp. orange zest until plae orange hue. (about 10 seconds) use in place of plain sugar for dipping. add 1 tsp. orange zest along with butter and molasses in recipe.will have a unique frosty look when baked.

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  • miriam 11 years ago
    Mmmmmm, I'm a molasses cookie fan and I love your icings and orange zest variations. I will definitely be making these soon. But first I need to know, is a stick of butter about half a cup?
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  • nyfoodie 12 years ago
    I love the touch of pepper this recipe calls for, its not the average cookie. I like that, can't wait to make these :))
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    " It was excellent "
    nanny ate it and said...
    The cookies sound devine and rum frosting I am there!!!!!
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  • zena824 12 years ago
    Robert... these sound yummy....I can dunk them in my coffee...
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    I like the soft molasses also.. my Mother is going to flip over these..
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    " It was excellent "
    shirleyoma ate it and said...
    Oh yum, I love Molasses soft cookies!!
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