Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

A stack of Molasses Crinkle Cookies that sit in front of a silver box filled with cookies and decorated with white ribbon and acorns.

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Molasses Crinkle Cookies are one of my holiday favourites. They’re perfectly chewy, lightly spiced with ginger, dusted with sugar and absolutely delicious. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person when it comes to holiday baking. Some years I can’t wait to start and will typically make numerous types of cookies and squares. You know, gotta have a chocolate square, a raspberry coconut square, butterscotch squares, shortbread, etc etc. This year I’m opting to only make one type of square and one cookie. I know, I know, people will wonder what’s wrong with me. The truth of the matter is time or should I say the lack of it. As a food blogger with a full-time job, I struggle at times to get a post out weekly. I’m not complaining, because I love doing it, but I realize that I have to make priorities. This includes making time for myself personally and the people in my world. But as a food blogger, I cannot bring myself not to make any treats for giving and sharing. So the compromise is moderation, and you won’t be disappointed with my choice of cookie for the season.

Cookie dough balls arranged on a baking tray and on a small plate of sugar for rolling in preparation for Molasses Crinkle Cookies.

Tips for amazing Molasses Crinkle Cookies:

-Chill the dough for at least 3 hours. The cookies spread while baking and the chilled dough keeps the process consistent during baking and prevents the cookie from overspreading. The result is a perfectly chewy cookie that’s not too thick.

-Weigh or measure each cookie for uniform cookies and even baking.

-Bake one tray at a time in the center of the oven. It takes more time, but worth it.

-If the dough balls soften while rolling them, give them a ten-minute chill just before baking.

-Generously coat in sugar when rolling into balls. This not only prevents the dough from sticking to your hands but gives the cookies a holiday look, especially if you use coarse sugar.

– The cookies will spread on their own without flattening.

-Don’t over-bake!! Can’t stress this enough. They only take 9-10 minutes.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.

Author:  Compelled to Cook, adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine winter 2003 Molasses Crinkles.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
Molasses Crinkle Cookies
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    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Ingredients
      Servings: cookies
      Instructions
      1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
      2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until light.
      3. Add oil and molasses and beat until combined. Add egg and beat until fully incorporated.
      4. Mix in flour until well combined.
      5. Flatten dough into a round disk and chill for a minimum of three hours or overnight.
      6. Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking trays with parchment.
      7. Divide dough into equal portions using a tablespoon or weigh (I used 20g each). The dough balls should be an approximate inch in diameter.
      8. Roll each ball in sugar to coat completely. If the dough has warmed while you were rolling, rechill rolled dough for about 10 minutes to firm up again (this prevents the cookies from overspreading). Arrange prepared dough on baking trays placing at least 2" apart. There's no need to flatten cookies. Sprinkle the tops with additional sugar.
      9. Bake cookies on the middle rack for 9-10 minutes only. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
      Recipe Notes

      -Start these cookies several hours ahead as they need time to chill.

      -Using coarse sugar makes for a pretty holiday cookie.  It will take a little more coarse sugar than granulated sugar for rolling.

      -I find the dough warms up too much while rolling into balls, especially if taking the time to weigh each one. Therefore, I suggest that you rechill the rolled balls for about 10 minutes to prevent too much spread. You can do this before rolling in sugar, after rolling in sugar, or once they are prepped on the baking tray (this is great if you can fit the tray in your fridge)

      -At 20 grams each, I get 38-2 3/4" cookies.

      -Do not overcrowd the cookies on the cookie sheet and do not overbake. These cookies are wonderfully chewy at the 9-minute mark.

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      Peanut Sauce

      Peanut Sauce

      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.

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      Hello, peanut sauce lovers!!  You’ll love this simple and delicious Peanut Sauce recipe that takes no time at all to come together.  The wonderful flavour comes from a little red curry paste, coconut milk, garlic and ginger.  It’s so good, and you’ll want to enjoy it with so many things.

      Whole peanuts fill a mason jar that is surrounded by ginger, curry paste, garlic, lime and coconut milk in preparation for Peanut Sauce.

       

      How to enjoy this lovely Peanut Sauce….let me count the ways.

      -toss with a noodle stir fry
      -smother on cooked pork ribs and bake
      -drizzle on shrimp tacos
      -as a dip for summer rolls
      -as a dip for pork, chicken or beef satay
      -broiled on salmon fillets
      -toss with chunks of chicken and serve over couscous
      -tossed into a salad
      -as a dip for vegetables

      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.

      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.
      Peanut Sauce
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.
        Peanut Sauce
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          Servings Prep Time
          1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cups
          Instructions
          1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk over low-medium heat until smooth. Increase heat to medium and whisk until slightly thickened and the sauce comes barely to a simmer (do not boil).
          2. Remove from heat and adjust thickness with a little more water or coconut milk if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
          Recipe Notes

          -The sauce will thicken as it cools, adjust thickness with a splash of water or coconut milk to suit your taste.

          -The sauce will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to a week and in the freezer for a month.

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          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies are one of my brother’s favourites and for good reason.  Soft, chewy and golden with spice makes them rather addictive. They’re the perfect autumn cookie in my opinion.

          Flipping through my recipe index, I quickly realized I’m in need of more cookie recipes.  I know!  How is it possible that I have so few in my collection? Cookies are generally simple, easy, and photograph well. It should be bursting with recipes, but sadly it’s not…  

          Problem number one, is my head down, pushing to make what’s in season, holiday food, game day snacks, etc.  Sometimes cookies aren’t the best fit for all that happens throughout the year.  Problem number two, not everything screams cookies to me, in fact, I’m a savoury, snack kind of gal. So for these reasons, I’m often opting to make other things.  Now that it’s fall, I’m actually thinking about baking and holiday treats, therefore cookies are on my brain, making it easy.  But I see now that I need to bake them more often for a variety of different reasons, so there’s plenty of recipes for everyone to pick from.  There’s a ton of cookies to be made and with a little focus, I’ll get the cookie category plumped up a little.

          Now that I’m done making excuses, let’s have a look at what makes Spicy Oatmeal Cookies wonderful.  Molasses, ginger and cinnamon create a richly spiced bite and the plump raisins add to their chewiness.  They’re a tasty change from regular oatmeal cookies and possibly your new favourite too.  Enjoy!

          Recipe for Spicy Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

              Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet is cool, refreshing and the most perfect dessert for those hot summer days. To make it even better, there’s no ice cream maker required and only a few ingredients. 

              For those who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Bon Appétit magazine.  Not only for the great recipes, but because it’s a little bit of quiet time that happens when I sit and thumb through a copy.  You might find it odd that I keep every copy when all the recipes can be found on the Epicurious website and/or App. It’s because I definitely prefer to sit quietly with the magazine and a glass of wine.  As a blogger there’s more than enough time already spent on the computer.

              The website however, provides reviews on the recipes which I find helpful when making alterations and adaptions.  For this lovely Pear Sorbet many of the reviewers made note that it was on the sweet side and a little flat in flavour even though some found the ginger to be too much.   As luck would have it, I was only able to find pears in light syrup instead of heavy, which in turn helped out with the sweetness problem.  The advice on flavouring was also heeded and I opted for lime juice instead of lemon and added fresh mint.

              I definitely found the reviews helpful and rather liked reading the views from people who have actually made the dish. I was very pleased with the results from my modifications and find that it’s quite lovely with the changes. Easy to prepare, which is nice for those hot summer days when nobody wants to be working in a hot kitchen. It’s not too sweet and has a hint of ginger and mint for a refreshing finish to your meal. Enjoy!

              Recipe for Ginger Pear Sorbet adapted from: Epicurious Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Ginger Pear Sorbet
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Instructions
              1. Line a shallow dish or pie plate with plastic wrap. Strain the juice off the pears and to the juice add sugar, ginger, lime zest and lime juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Spread pear pieces in a single layer in pie plate. Pour juice over pears and freeze for at least 6 hours.
              2. Flip over pie plate onto a cutting board to remove pears and remove plastic wrap. Cut into large chunks and place in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Add chopped mint and pulse until combined. Spread pureed pears into a clean container and freeze for at least an hour. Scoop into dishes and garnish with additional mint leaves if desired. Serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              Puree can be made and frozen covered for up to two days in advance.

              Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls

              Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls

               

              Have the napkins handy because these gooey and sticky Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls will have your fingers in a mess.  With a cup of jam these rolls are overloaded with sticky sweetness and a delicious way to get a little messy.

              The yeast rolls themselves are light and tender with a hint of orange and ginger.  The added orange zest and zest of the orange marmalade give a little contrast to the abundance of sweetness.  In this recipe I used a combination of orange marmalade and apricot jam because that was what I had on hand.  Either will work fine on their own but feel free to use one for the filling and the other for the topping if desired.

              Using a sharp knife is essential when cutting the dough into rolls, otherwise the dough will squish down and the filling will ooze out.  A little of this is bound to happen but too much and the rolls will become sloppy.  So have a little patience and cut slowly and gently.  You also want to make sure you flip the rolls over and out of the pan when they come out of the over; otherwise they start to stick in the pan as the sugar hardens around the edges making it more difficult to turn them out.

              I love these Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls because they’re a sunny brunch wrapped up in a yeast roll.  Also great with a cup of coffee and a lazy morning.  Enjoy!

              Recipe Source:  Compelled To Cook

               

              Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls are sticky sweet and tender yeast rolls.
              Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls
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              Yeast rolls sticky and sweet with marmalade, brown sugar and cream.
                Servings
                12 Rolls
                Servings
                12 Rolls
                Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls are sticky sweet and tender yeast rolls.
                Sweet Orange Ginger Rolls
                Print Recipe
                Yeast rolls sticky and sweet with marmalade, brown sugar and cream.
                  Servings
                  12 Rolls
                  Servings
                  12 Rolls
                  Ingredients
                  Rolls
                  Filling
                  Topping
                  Servings: Rolls
                  Instructions
                  Rolls
                  1. Warm buttermilk in microwave to an approximate 100℉. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook whisk together buttermilk, orange juice, honey and yeast. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
                  2. To the bowl whisk in egg, butter, ginger, salt, orange zest and 1 cup of flour. Place bowl on mixer and knead in remaining flour a 1/4 cup at a time, making sure each is absorbed before adding more. Knead for approximately 5-7 minutes until dough is pulling away from the sides, adding small amounts of additional flour if required.
                  3. Grease a large bowl with oil or non stick spray and turn out dough into bowl, flipping dough to cover with oil. Cover bowl and allow to rise in a warm draft free area until double in size, approximately 1-1 1/2 hours. If your oven will allow, proof at 85℉-90℉.
                  4. Deflate dough by gently kneading. Lightly dust your rolling surface with flour and roll out dough to an approximate 14"x11" rectangle. Spread filling marmalade evenly onto dough and sprinkle with brown sugar.
                  5. Starting with the long end, roll dough jelly roll style placing seam at the bottom. Using a sharp knife cut a small amount of approximately 1/2" off of each end to clean up the roll. Cut roll into approximately 1"-1 1/4" slices. Place cut rolls into prepared pan with topping. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes in a warm draft free area.
                  Topping
                  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. In a small bowl whisk together all topping ingredients and pour into a 9"x13" pan sprayed with non stick spray. Place cut rolls on top of topping mixture, spacing out evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof for 30-40 minutes in a warm draft free area.
                  2. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls in preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes until topping is bubbling around the rolls and rolls are puffed and starting to brown. Remove from oven and immediately invert pan onto a slightly larger baking sheet. Allow to cool slightly before serving.