So remember when I said there would be lots of autumn-related posts on the horizon, well this will be the first one! I decided to make molasses cookies today, which are one of my favorite treats to make during autumn (and especially around Christmas time). They combine all of the quintessential fall spices like cinnamon and cloves and taste great with a nice cup of hot tea.
What you'll need:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar this time 'cause that was all I had and it worked fine)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here's how to actually make the things:
In a mixing bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy (I challenge you to use the word mix more in a sentence). Add the oil, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract and beat until thoroughly mixed together. Beat the flour mixture until completely incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2-8 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes. This recipe should make about 36 cookies.
Here's a pic of my cat, Bailey, intently (read: creepily) watching me bake.
And of course I couldn't bake without listening to some music. I picked Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave" as my playlist, I've been loving this album as of late! My favorite songs are "Taro", "Dissolve Me, and of course the wonderfully addictive "Tesselate".
What are your favorite things to bake?