Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

So, yesterday, I was all about baking something pumpkin with my mom.

Tuesday night she mentioned pumpkin cookies and that’s all I needed to hear. I was game! I got to her house early yesterday morning and she was looking through some cookbooks for inspiration. She said she just wasn’t feeling pumpkin cookies and was thinking about making some type of cake or bar instead. I had no objections. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, pumpkin bars…whatever. It’s all pumpkin and it’s all delicious in my book.

We headed out to tackle our list of things to do. Number one on that list was visit the grandparents. We arrived at their house and, as usual, there was food spread all over the table because my grandma was just about to put on a pot of chicken soup. Ahhhh…thank you, Grandma.

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As we chatted, my grandma, of course, put out a spread of baked goods out for us to taste test. We tried some spiced muffins and they were delicious…except for the gross walnuts that were sprinkled on top. We tried some apricot cookies, which were also delicious, but were goods we have all had before because my grandma is pretty much famous for her apricot cookies. Word on the street is that my dad once ate an entire box of them (a department store shirt box) on the way to my uncle’s wedding. Apparently, those cookies that my dad was in charge of never made it to the reception. Anyway, after the apricots, the best part of my day happened…

My grandma brought out her chewy molasses cookies.

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Chewy cookies, especially chewy molasses cookies, pretty much make my brain turn to mush. The only thought I can process is the thought of shoveling the cookies into my mouth between taking big gulps of milk. Seriously. It’s a sickness. I’ve come to realize that the more I talk to you all, the more sicknesses I discover I have. Yikes.

Well, after the chewy molasses gems, all thoughts of the pumpkin whatevers my mom and I were going to make were gone. These had to be made first. There was just no other option.

So, ladies and gentlemen…get ready for brains of mush. These cookies are that good.

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ginger

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and molasses and beat until well-combined.

In a second large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Gradually add to wet sugar mixture and stir until combined.

(I used my hand mixer until the dough became stiff and then I finished mixing by hand)

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, placing cookies at least 2-inches apart. Sprinkle granulated sugar over each cookie. Bake 12-15 minutes.

Remove to wire rack and cool.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies, depending on size

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Good thing it’s Thursday. Mushy brains are more acceptable closer to the weekend.

What is your favorite type of cookie?