One of my very favorite holiday traditions is to turn on Christmas tunes and do my holiday baking. My family loves cookies, so I make many batches each year. I give most of them away, but I keep several different kinds so that family and friends can enjoy them through Christmas and New Year’s Day.
One of my favorite holiday songs to listen to while baking is Grown-Up Christmas List by Amy Grant. Yes, it’s years old, but I still love listening to it. Every time I hear it, I think of all the smells that permeate my kitchen—warm vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses—and I’m filled with happiness.
I’d like to share one of my favorite cookie recipes.
These cookies are rich, buttery, and flavorful. Cinnamon and ginger team up with molasses to make these delectable bites the perfect accompaniment to hot tea, coffee, or cider.
Marvelous Molasses Cookies
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated white sugar (for dipping)
Heat oven to 375º.
Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add molasses and egg, and beat to incorporate. Stir in the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip tops in granulated white sugar. Place balls, sugar side up, onto lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until just set, between 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen mouth-watering cookies.
I hope you’ll look for LOVE, CHRISTMAS, a bundle of all-new holiday stories based on beloved holiday songs. That’s where you can find my Christmas story, GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST.
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