Smells Like Christmas Spirit: Colossal Ginger Molasses Cookies

Countdown to Christmas is on, but it never really feels like Christmas until my apartment is filled with the smell of Christmas. For some of you, a fresh cut pine tree does the trick, but for me the ginger molasses cookies coming out the oven is the official marker that Santa is on his way!

While you’re decking the halls, crack Mariah Carey loud, bake these cookies and smell the Christmas spirit!

Colossal Ginger Molasses Cookies

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  • 1 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for coating)

Assembling the Cookies

  1. In a stand mixer, combine butter and 2 cups of sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time – scrapping the bowl down as you go. Stir in molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until combined.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350*. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll chilled dough into large balls (2 inch diameter). Coat balls in granulated sugar and soften press tops of the dough balls down. Bake for 12 minutes. Sprinkle cookies, fresh from the oven, with left over sugar and place on wire rack.

Enjoy,

-Adele

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‘Tis The Season (for remembering): Caramel Pizzelle

‘Tis the season for remembering! Christmas is synonymous with nostalgia. There are certain traditions, certain songs, and certain bakes good that bring you right back to a moment, a memory, a person. Pizzelle did that for me this year; it brought me back to my tight lipped, side smirking Nonno. You see, my Nonno didn’t even like pizzelle, he would question why we waste our time making it. While making these cookie with my Nonna and Zia I was reminded of how much he did not like them, but how much he loved seeing his grandchildren’s faces light up when they were put on the table and disappeared by handfuls in seconds. Somewhere up there, he’s smiling down, shaking his head that we wasted our time making them and can’t wait to see them disappear into his grandchildren’s bellies on Christmas Day.

Caramel Pizzelle 

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  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. caramel flavour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Assembling the Pizzelle

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and let cool slightly. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and caramel flavour. Once the butter has cooled slightly, slowly stir into eggs and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until perfectly combined.
  3. Once pizzelle maker is heated, place a tablespoon of batter into maker and let cook for 30 seconds. Remove from pizzelle maker and let cool on wire rack.

Enjoy,

-Adele