Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cape Cod Soft Molasses Cookies

If you love soft, chewy and spicy cookies, these are the ones for you.  And the secret to that "spice" - ground pepper.

Yield:  approximately 33 cookies
Preparation Time: 15 to 25 minutes
Baking Time: 8 to 10 minutes

3/4 cup (12 Tblspn) butter
1 cup granulated sugar [used 1/2 cup Splenda Blend per conversion chart]
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1/3 cup molasses
2-1/4 cup All-Purpose flour
1/3 cup traditional or quick rolled oats
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely diced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger, or to taste
heaping 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice or ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper, optional
1 tsp espresso powder, optional; for depth of flavor and added color
1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar or coarse white sparkling sugar, for coating

1.  Preheat oven 350ºF.  Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, salt, and baking soda until well combined.

3.  Beat in the egg, and then the molasses, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to blend in any sticky residue.

4.  Add the flour, oats, crystallized ginger, fresh ginger, spices, and espresso powder.  Mix just until thoroughly combined.

5.  Scoop the sticky dough into 1-1/2" balls; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.

6.  Roll the balls in sugar (either granulated or coarse), if desired.  This is easily done by sprinkling the sugar into a 8" cake pan, and dropping the stick dough into the pan.  Shake the pan to coat the dough balls with sugar.

7.  Space the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2" between them.

8.  Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.  The centers will look soft and puffy; that's OK.  Cookies baked for 8 minutes will be VERY soft; bake them for 10 minutes, they'll be firmer.

9.  Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pan; or transfer to a rack to cool.  To maintain soft texture, store at room temperature once cookies are completely cool.

After running a Nutritional analysis, here are the Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 82                               Sodium - 133mg
Calories from Fat - 37                 Total Carbs - 10.3g
Total Fat - 4.1g                               Sugar - 3.6g
    Saturated Fat - 2.5g                  Protein - 1.1g
Cholesterol - 15mg

Source:  King Arthur Flour - http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/cape-cod-soft-molasses-cookies-recipe


  • Ok, you know me, adjust recipe to make diabetic-friendly.  So first switch - used Splenda Blend and per the conversion chart only needed 1/2 cup.
  • Used Allspice and omitted the pepper.  [Due to a friend's food allergy].  Will try this recipe again using the pepper to see how it changes the flavor.
  • Definitely used the espresso powder.
  • Definitely skipped Step 6 - I know it would add to the flavor, but don't need to add to the blood sugar.
  • Used my tablespoon cookie scoop and another small spoon to get the batter out of the scoop and onto the baking sheet.
  • Baked them for 9 minutes - went with semi-soft slightly firm.

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