Life has been so busy lately that I feel as if I am running head-first into Valentine's Week without much of a plan! And two of my kids celebrate their half-birthdays this week, which we always like to honor by allowing the 1/2-year old to pick a special dessert for dinner that evening… so this will be a week with an unusual amount of baking!
These soft and chewy molasses cookies have been a long time family favorite!
- 3/4 cup margarine at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses (we use light molasses, but dark works too)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- granulated sugar for rolling the balls of dough
- In a large bowl beat together at low speed the margarine and 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add molasses and egg, beating until well blended. In a medium-sized bowl, blend flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger. Add to molasses mixture; mix well. Cover and chill.
- Form dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in sugar and place on parchment covered cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool.