Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spicy Molasses Cookies

Food Blog Cookie Swap 2012 is upon us! Lindsay over at Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen created this fine program, and I’ve taken advantage of the fun two years in a row now. Here’s how it works:

1) Join Cookie Swap and donate $4 to Cookies for Kids with Cancer
2) Bake 3 dozen cookies
3) Mail 1 dozen cookies each to three food bloggers who you’re matched with
4) Get 3 dozen cookies in the mail! What’s not to love?

Like last year, I decided to bake a cookie with a savory twist. I chose Spicy Molasses Cookies because I love a chewy cookie and I love the depth of flavor molasses has. I looked at lots of molasses cookie recipes but chose this one by Wendy Rusch on The recipe was straightforward, the combination of spices – ginger, cinnamon, allspice and black pepper – appealed to me, plus the recipe got great reviews at Just A Pinch. If you’re not familiar, Just A Pinch is a recipe and coupon social network, and you should totally check it out. Oh, and I work there. 🙂

The cookies come together easily. You mix the wet ingredients together, then you add in the dry ones and gently mix.

I rolled them into balls, rolled the balls in sparkling sugar, then baked them. Ten minutes later they’re done! After that amount of time they’re just barely set and will fall as they cool, but I think that makes them chewy.

They’re divine with a tall glass of milk. I really like that spicy kick – the black pepper especially adds just the right amount of heat.

For my matches, I stacked them up on top of one another, their sparkling sugars twinkling in the sunlight, bagged them in craft bags and tied them with a festive ribbon.

I tied on little luggage tags stamped with a “To:, From:” tag and addressed them. Then I shipped them off to my matches, Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Jessica @ Kettler Cuisine and Dea at The Baking Robot! I love going to the post office around Christmas time. It feels old-fashioned and festive.

What fun. Thanks so much to Lindsay and Julie for organizing this! I’ll post the cookies I got when they arrive. I can’t wait!


Spicy Molasses Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

These spicy little numbers are addictive! The addition of black pepper to the molasses gives them just a hint of heat.


1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
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1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (about 10 turns on mine)
Sparkling sugars or turbinado (raw) sugar for rolling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with oil; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together shortening, butter, sugars, egg and molasses with a hand mixer until creamy.

In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients with a fork. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Roll into 1-1/2" balls, roll in sparking sugar, and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes.

**For smaller cookies, roll 3/4-inch balls and bake for just 7 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Wendy Rusch at

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6 Responses to “Spicy Molasses Cookies”

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 12, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    These were fabulous! Thank you so much. We certainly enjoyed these and I look forward to saving this recipe to make again! Happy Holidays! 🙂

    • Annakate replied: — December 13th, 2012 @ 10:35 am

      You’re so welcome, Jennifer! I love that you love them! It’s a great recipe.

  2. 2

    Coffee Snickerdoodles | The Baking Robot — December 12, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    […] my point) cookies from other food bloggers: Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies from Kettler Cuisine, Spicy Molasses Cookies from La Aguacate, and Candy Cane Macaroons from Mother […]

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    Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    These look super yummy, great one Annakate!

    • Annakate replied: — December 13th, 2012 @ 10:34 am

      Thank you!! They’re from JAP – I absolutely love them. Making more this weekend!!

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