05 December 2011

Christmas In Your Mouth

My husband really surprises me with the foods he likes to eat. For instance, 
he really loves black licorice, asparagus, and sushi. He is a much pickier eater than I am, 
so I find it strange that he enjoys these less popular foods - although maybe they are just 
less popular with me! (For the record, I do like asparagus and sushi. Black licorice...not so much.)

Molasses is another one of those things that I am not so crazy about. Growing up, my dad and 
sister would slather it on their biscuits at breakfast - and I would nearly gag from the smell! 
So when Clay told me that his mom's molasses cookies were some of his favorites, 
my jaw nearly dropped to the floor.

And then I tried one. And it was SO good!

These molasses crinkle cookies are officially known as TCU Frogettes on the recipe card; 
my mother-in-law got the recipe from her friend who is a Horned Frog. (We won't hold that against her. ;)) Clay calls them "Christmas in your mouth" - because that's really what they taste like!

I think they are a softer version of gingersnaps, nice and chewy with lots and lots of yummy spices.
You can't even taste the molasses!

Molasses Crinkle Cookies  
Makes about 3 dozen

2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup molasses

Stir together the first seven ingredients and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar, then gradually add egg, molasses, and vanilla. Add in flour mixture. Shape dough into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and slightly flatten. Bake 8 – 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until crackly and golden. Let set for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Go ahead – whip up a batch of these Molasses Crinkle Cookies 
and enjoy some Christmas in your mouth. :)


laura jo said...

I'm going to have to "pin" this! These were tasty at Thanksgiving! Christmas in your mouth - I love it!

Katie said...

Yum! I want some now!