It’s the time of cookies and decorating trees and thousands of Santas flooding the streets. I’m sure I mentioned this, but this is when my cartoon self comes out in full force :) So many things make me happy….a few examples: the fluffiest hat you’ve EVER seen, cutting snowflakes with Caitlyn (fyi, “cheating” with patterns you find online is really the way to go if you don’t want your flake to look like the, “aaaaall the snowflakes are beautiful, Katie!”), the smell of Christmas trees, and ridiculous Christmas decorations (stay tuned later in the post for all the photographic evidence).
**NOTE: If you think I’m crazy in my oh-so-excited state (hint, usually accompanied by a “Eeeeeeeeeeeee!”), just laugh, give me a hug, and tell me I’m cute.
The roomies and I went up to New York City for Santacon! Literally thousands of Santas and elves flooding the streets. Shenaniganry cannot not ensue. That’s right, double negative. (I needed to make sure you read that sentence.) This epic event began with an early morning party including a veritable mountain of bagels, mimosas, and coffee (Bailey’s optional). And because a girl always wants to bring something to contribute to the party, I brought these delightfully chewy, spiced molasses cookies…although they didn’t make it out of their hiding place in the kitchen and into the party, but they’re so yummy, I guess I can’t really blame Santa.
…New cookie sheet, Santa Claus? I’m embarrassed, but I wanted you to see what they look like before they bake. You beat up your wet ingredients – molasses being the key here – and whisk together the dry with all of the lovely spices – ginger and cayenne (!) being the keys there. Let ’em chill out in the fridge, and then roll them in sugar and slightly under-bake ’em. And voila! They’re like chewy ginger snaps but with more of a warmth and a “what’s that spice?” …it’s the cayenne – I was feeling wild.
Here’s what I did:
Spiced Molasses Cookies
-1 c. sugar
-3/4 c. butter (softened)
-1/4 c. molasses
-1 large egg
-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together:
-2 c. flour
-2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
-2 tsp. cinnamon
-1 1/2 tsp. ginger
-1/2 tsp. cayenne (red) pepper
-1/4 tsp. salt
Combine the wet and the dry ingredients just until you don’t see any more flour. Put the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (1 hour is preferred). Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough, roll them between your hands (should be about an inch wide), and then roll them in sugar and place them on your greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes, or just until the tops crack. Try to get them out of the oven before the bottoms brown to make sure that they stay soft! Enjoy my first batch of Christmas cookies!
And now for the photos of all the things making me SO excited at this time of year…
**French phrase for fun:
J’adore l’odeur des sapins de Noël.
I love the smell of Christmas trees.