Sunday, March 23, 2008

Molasses crinkles

You may recall that Willful Grace fans mark_and_patrick were kind enough to share their molasses crinkle recipe with us a short time ago on this very blog.

Well, I just got back from the Willful Grace test kitchen where I whipped up a big Easter Sunday batch of these scrumptious morsels, and I gotta tell you they are some kinda tasty! To save you the inconvenience of looking up mark_and_patrick's recipe in the comments area I have reproduced it here:

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses (I prefer the flavor of organic)
2 1/4 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger

Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg together.
Sift remaining ingredients together and slowly add to creamed mixture. Chill dough for at least one hour (easier to roll into 1" balls).

After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375. Roll into 1" diameter balls or I use a cookie scoop. Dip the tops of the balls in granulated sugar and place on a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle each ball with a couple drops of water (this is what makes them crinkle!).
Bake until just set, about 10-12 minutes.

Do not overbake or the cookies will be crunchy, no chewy in the centers. Once removed from the oven as with any cookie or baked item, it is still baking until it has cooled.

I only made a couple of changes. Number one, I left out the baking soda. Not that I have anything against baking soda, I just couldn't find mine. Must have used it all in the cat box or something. However, because I am Catholic I can make my cookies rise by praying to any one of six patron saints of bakers. (For the record, I went with Elizabeth of Hungary.) Also, I used butter instead of shortening. "La buerre, la buerre! Toujours la buerre!" as we say here at Willful Grace (especially right after Lent).

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Carol said...

You beat me in making these. I have some molasses - I have no idea why or what for- and was thinking I should mix up a batch. Sounds and looks delicious!

grace said...

You're a breath of fresh air, Kurt!

Thanks for leaving the Willful Grace test kitchen cleaner than you found it! :)

Mark and Patrick said...

I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! I will have to try the butter in this one. Typically, I always use butter.
It is interesting that they turned out without the baking soda.

grace said...

I think Kurt said that one of his cookies crinkled into a perfect replica of the shroud of'm pretty sure the prayers in lieu of baking powder were successful.

kurt_t said...

Next I'll share my recipe for Yamdangdoodles.