Apron Free Cooking ~ Molasses Snap Cookies
By Noel Lizotte
I’ve started baking cookies. My husband thinks that’s a good thing! I decided that this year, I’m making up cookie plates for Christmas gifts. It’s a great way to share my seasonal well wishes without breaking the budget. You know, a bag of flour and a bag of sugar can really turn out a lot of cookies!
I decided to bake in small batches to save my sanity. You know what it’s like to have your kitchen covered in flour and powdered sugar and the sink piled high with dirty dishes? Not for me this year! One cookie type at a time. One set of dirty bowls to wash per day.
My husband has chosen to think about the process as to how it benefits him. Every day or so he gets to eat a dozen cookies. There really isn’t a down side to this arrangement. At least we can’t find one.
I’m baking three to four dozen cookies at a time, whatever the recipe turns out. We eat about a dozen, the rest are packaged in zip top bags and frozen. Now, the plan is this: when I’m ready to make up cookie plates, I just go to the freezer, assemble the plates with assorted cookies, wrap the plates up pretty and leave them thaw before delivery. Sounds like a good plan, anyway.
The first recipe I made was for Molasses Snaps. Now, we like our cookies soft, not crispy, so these aren’t exactly snappy, but there aren’t any left on the counter!
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup shortening
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup light molasses
Start heating oven to 350F. Sift flour with baking soda. Mix shortening, salt, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, molasses and egg until well beaten; stir in flour. Drop level teaspoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Stamp lightly with dampened flat bottomed glass or spoon. Bake 10 minutes. Makes about 3 ½ dozen.
Make it a Meal: Heck, don’t wait until mealtime, eat some right out of the oven! Pour a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, snatch a few cookies from the cooling rack and enjoy them!
Approximate Nutritional Information: Servings Per Recipe: 12. Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226, Total Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 313mg, Total Carbs: 36g, Protein: 3g.
The thing I like about these cookies is the rich molasses flavor. It’s mild, not overwhelming. I think these cookies will be a nice addition to the cookie plate since they are a bit different in flavor from the usual sugar cookies. The color is a deep brown, almost a toffee color. That will help the plate look pretty as well!
I’m hoping that a little planning and time spent early in the month will help make my stress level easier to deal with later this month. It is helping the budget already, since I’m buying a few ingredients here and there instead of all in one trip. And since I’m feeding my husband some sweet treats, he’s dealing with Christmas music on the radio just a tad better!
Noel Lizotte is breaking free of corporate stress with convenience cooking! This recipe is similar to ones printed in her cookbook Apron Free Cooking which is available on the website www.apronfreecooking.com. She also writes a monthly column at www.culinarychat.net.