I know this sounds shocking but I've never made molasses cookies. How can this be you ask? To be honest, I really can't believe it myself. I've made a vast array (Okay, maybe not a vast array, but quite a few.) of cookies in my lifetime. Everything from oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip to peanut butter but never molasses. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever made a snickerdoodle cookie either. How strange! Well, I guess I'd better get busy baking cookies then!
It also has great health benefits. Molasses contains manganese, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
It is also low in calories. If you have time hop on over HERE for more great info.
I just had to share these interesting historical facts about molasses with you. I thought they were quite fascinating! I found this over at the link above.
Molasses has been imported into the United States from the Caribbean Islands since the time of the early colonists. In fact, it was the most popular sweetener used until the late 19th century since it was much more affordable than refined sugar, which was very expensive at that time.
In some respects, molasses has had a rather sticky history with at least two important historical events centering around this sweet food product. The first is the Molasses Act of 1733, a tariff passed by England to try to discourage the colonists from trading with areas of the West Indies that were not under British rule. This legislation is thought to be one of the events that catalyzed pre-revolutionary colonial dissent and unrest.
It is not often that a fateful tragedy occurs that centers around a food, but unfortunately, in 1919, one such event did occur. The event is referred to as the Great Molasses Flood and occurred when a molasses storage tank holding over two million gallons of molasses broke, and its sticky content came pouring throughout the city streets of Boston, Massachusetts, traveling as fast as 35 miles per hour and creating a thirty foot tidal wave of sweetener. Unfortunately, this was not a sweet matter as twenty-one people died and significant amounts of property was destroyed.
Blackstrap molasses gained in popularity in the mid-20th century with the advent of the health food movement. Today, the largest producers of molasses are India, Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and the United States.
I searched online for a recipe that looked good to me and ended up mixing and matching and adding in a few of my own touches.
Chewy Molasses Cookies
3/4 cups melted butter, cooled to room temp
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup ground golden flax
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each ground cloves and ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Combine the butter, molasses, egg, and ginger in a large bowl. Combine the flour, flax, spices, and salt in a smaller bowl. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir to combine.
Chill dough in the fridge for about an hour before baking.
Scoop out dough and roll into 1 inch balls. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Press down slightly on each ball.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Allow to cool slightly before removing from the sheet or they will crack. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
My kids thought these were very yummy and they disappeared quickly! I think next time I'd like them a bit spicier. Maybe more ginger or some white pepper would do the trick. Any suggestions??
What is your favorite cookie?