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An ode to my favorite cookie right now at Urban Cookies Bake Shop here in Phoenix. Their ginger molasses cookies… I crave them. I dream about those cookies!
Anyway… something about the combination of ginger and molasses has always reminded me of Christmas. My version isn’t overwhelmingly ginger-y, are super soft and take no time at all to put together (assuming you have ginger and molasses in your kitchen… I had to make a grocery run).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1½ sticks of butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar + extra for rolling
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2¾ cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix together the softened butter & sugar.
- Add the molasses and 1 egg and mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger & cinnamon.
- Add half of the flour mix to the wet mix. Mix until well combined.
- Add the rest of the flour mix and mix well.
- Roll the dough into about 1″ balls, roll in sugar until well coated.
- Bake on a parchment covered cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.
- Remove from the oven & let cool for a couple of minutes.
- Transfer to wire racks to fully cool. Store in an airtight container.
Going to grandma and grandpa’s meant having access to wide open land, horses, tractors, grandpa’s collection of classic cars, and a television with an antenna fully loaded with a few local Nebraska TV stations.
Luckily I had my two sisters and plenty of cousins and family to keep me busy when we were around, but when it was time to come inside we would turn on that little television, nine times out of 10 landing on PBS for lack of a better choice (I was too young for Jeopardy at the time).
PBS was the mainstay and I was quickly hooked on the likes of Bob Ross (art nerd, remember?) and anything that had to do with cooking or “how to.” Of course if you really wanted to dig back we could talk about Ghostwriter, Reading Rainbow, Mister Rogers, Mr. Bean, Bill Nye, The Red Green Show, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego, Zoobilee Zoo… I digress.
Not much has changed for me since the 90’s in the world of TV. In the last couple of years I’ve ditched expensive cable’s thousand channels full of garbage and gone back to having just a few channels coming through my antenna (HD, mind you). The TV is seldom on but if it is and Game 3 of the NLCS is rained out for example (Go Giants!) I still land on PBS.
I still dig the shows that hit my passion of cooking and baking. Lidia’s Italy in America and America’s Test Kitchen aren’t shows that I necessarily go out of my way to watch but just as if I were a kid again, sprawled out on grandma and grandpa’s living room floor with that creepy ceramic cat staring back at me, I’m hooked when I catch them. It’s somewhat nostalgic at this point but all of this came to me today after I finished reading an article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine about Christopher Kimball. It’s a longer read but a must in my opinion.
“Cooking is about putting food on the table night after night, and there isn’t anything glamorous about it.” -Christopher Kimball
Who doesn’t want to read about a man and his success after a quote like that?