Molasses Christmas Crinkle Cookies

It’s terribly cold today! What better way to stay away than baking inside? I had some leftover molasses from Thanksgiving and wanted to find another way to use it. I came across these old-fashion, traditional Christmas cookies that are so moist and gives you all the flavors of the holidays. 

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First, beat one egg in your mixing bowl well after preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then add in your sugar and oil. Whisk that up

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until it’s blended really well. Then add in your molasses, baking soda and spices and whisk that all together really well. Now grab a wooden spoon because it’s time to mix in the flour. This recipe

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calls for white, all-purpose flour but I actually used whole wheat. The conversion ratio is using 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour for every 1 cup of white flour. It worked really well if you want to try it. Here is what your batter should look like at every stage:

Now it’s time to get your hands dirty! First mix together a cinnamon and sugar mixture (you should have more sugar than cinnamon). Then spread it around on a flat surface because you’re going to roll the dough in this. I put my sugar cinnamon mix on a large plate so I didn’t dirty my countertops even more than I already had. Grab a tablespoon measuring stick and measure out your cookie balls. Next, roll the dough around in your hand to make cookie balls (insert Schweddy Balls SNL joke here). The dough should be thick enough so this will be easy to do. Then roll the ball around in the cinnamon and sugar and place the ball on your baking sheet. Repeat this until you’ve filled your baking sheet. Here’s the progress:


Now it’s time to bake! 13 minutes I found for mine was perfect! As you can see below I put mine slightly too close together. I had a big pan and wanted to fit them all on ones sheet instead of doing two batches. Silly me! They taste great though and are just a little misshapen.

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There you have it! The perfect classic Christmas cookie that sure is a people pleaser. Do you have a favorite Christmas baking recipe? Let me know! I’d love to hear about your holiday baking traditions! 

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Happy holidays!
xoxo, Erika 

Ingredients:
•1 large egg
•⅔ cup oil
•1 cup sugar
•⅓ cup unsulphered molasses
•1½ tsp cinnamon
•1½ tsp ground ginger
•½ tsp nutmeg
•½ tsp Kosher salt
•2 tsp baking soda
•2¼ cups all-purpose flour
•sugar and cinnamon for rolling

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat egg in a large mixing bowl, then whisk in oil & sugar.
3. Add the molasses, spices, salt and baking soda, mix well.
4. Now, add the flour and mix well. It will make a stiff dough.
5. Sprinkle a large surface with sugar and a little cinnamon
6. Roll 1 tablespoon size scoops of the dough into balls and coat in the cinnamon sugar.
7. Place on ungreased baking sheet, approximately 3″ apart.
8. Bake 12-13 minutes, until golden brown and crinkled on top.
9. Cool and serve.

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