Tuesdays with Dorie: Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies

November 3, 2009 at 1:37 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 41 Comments

sugar-topped molasses spice cookies

You may notice that the TWDers are not all posting the same recipe this week.  We’re able to tackle the month’s chosen recipes in any order we like, and I’ve decided to start off with Dorie’s Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies, picked by Pamela of Cookies with Boys.  I think I’m easing into November…it’s probably the least complicated of the month’s four recipes to make.  But don’t think it’s simple in flavor…molasses adds a complexity you don’t get with white sugar, and the spices here really shine through.  It’s a perfect cookie for this time of year. (I am having wicked thoughts of stirring some bittersweet chocolate chips into the dough the next time I make them, though.)

Dorie intends these to be crisp cookies, but mine were soft and chewy.  What can I say…I forgot to flatten my balls of dough before putting them in the oven.  As a result, they also didn’t spread quite as much.  No matter though…crispy or chewy, I like them equally, so I am pretending that they were meant to be that way. 

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Cookies with Boys.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll and see what everyone else made!


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  1. Your cookies look delicious! I bet they were good soft and chewy. I made them this weekend too (not posting this week). They were thin and crispy and yummy.

  2. They look delicious no matter !!

  3. They look delicious Steph! I’m really enjoying seeing all the other recipes for November. I won’t be making these until the end of the month.

  4. mm reminds me on gingernuts

  5. Love the way you set up the picture.

    Since I haven’t made these yet, maybe I’ll try some chocolate chips in mine. Taking notes…

  6. These sound delicious! Looks like the consensus is to starts with the cookie recipe. I plan on making these later today.

  7. I’ll have to remember that when I make these. I prefer chewy, and hubby can’t eat crisp cookies 🙂 They look BEAUTIFUL! I made the All In One Holiday Cake and it was fab!!

  8. I made the cookies first, too! I prefer chewy cookies, and made mine that way as well. I love the packaging in the photo.. they’d make a great gift!

  9. Thank you for posting the whole thing on google reader!

  10. Oh, I love that yours weren’t crisp. I’m not going to flatten my dough either, in hopes that mine are chewy as well.

  11. I made these over the weekend and they are soo yummy! Mine were chewy too and it actually is good to know that you don’t need to flatten them.
    They look great.

  12. They’re gorgeous – I must make them ASAP! And I think I’ll forget to flatten mine too…

  13. Hmm, good tip. I like mine chewy, so perhaps I’ll follow your lead and forget to flatten the dough before baking. Thanks! Gorgeous photo.

  14. Those cookies look wonderful. I love the picture. I have the dough sitting in the fridge I just have to get the motivation to roll them into balls and bake them. Your picture has inspired me.

  15. This is one of my all time favorite Dorie recipes, and I think it is pretty fool proof. I love the idea of chocolate chips in them!

  16. I actually like the way your turned out! Maybe it was a good mistake not to flatten them. 🙂

  17. I just ate one of those cookies about an hour ago – they are just perfect, in my opinion.

    And chocolate would be an even greater addition!

  18. I look forward to making these – I’ve never used molasses before

  19. I made these last year and like them much better as soft/chewy than crisp! these look perfect for holiday gift giving! 🙂

  20. Im making these asap! They look so good and your picture is wonderful!

  21. Nous les avons beaucoup aimés aussi. Tes biscuits sont superbes 🙂

  22. Your cookies look fabulous! I almost made these first, but decided on the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut cake instead. I think I will make the cookies next week.

  23. Can’t wait to make these – they look so good!

  24. Wow, that photo is mouth-watering. I’ll have to give these a try.

  25. Your cookies are gorgeous! I decided to make these too since the recipe was easy. I really enjoyed them and will definitely make them again this holiday season 🙂

  26. You have such a great way with food styling! Love the thought of some cookies that are a little more chewy, so I will try your method with these as well. I have made three batches so far as my sons are loving them. Your cookies look beautiful.

  27. Thanks for pointing that out, about the order of the recipes. I was scratching my head there initially.

    I think one of the best things about watching what all the TWD posts, is I am reminded of what’s in that fabulous baking book.

    These cookies are no exception. They are just perfect for Christmas. Will have to add them to my (EVER expanding!) holiday baking list.

    I love how the cookie has a little crack and the shiny shines away luring you in!

    Me = chewy girl.

  28. Hummmm…. with all the spiced baking I’ve been doing lately, I too though it probably would be pretty nifty to either incorporate chocolate or partially dip some of those… The gingerbread seems to be calling for it, isn’t it? LOL

    Those are just as perfect as I expected them to be, as I was opening your page… 🙂

  29. Mine were soft and chewy too. But I loved them too!

  30. You’ve finally solved the riddle for me! I was getting very confused by all the different TWD recipes popping up – briefly wondered if I was losing my mind… I looove molasses cookies. These look great.

  31. beautiful pic as always! cookies look absolutely delicious. 🙂

  32. Your cookies look so perfect, great job!

  33. These look awesome!

  34. Well, I haven’t made these yet and yours turned out exactly how I want mine too – thicker and chewy. Great to know how to make that happen! They look wonderful!

  35. That’s it! I won’t flatten next time. Still good, but yours are what I was seeking – with a little more “lift”. Wonderful mistake – thank you! These really look fantastic – truly!!! Glad they “eased” you into this month!

  36. That is the prettiest picture of the cookies! Thanks for baking with me. I loved these cookies and I know that you’re right…the chocolate would be SO good.

  37. Chocolate…in the molasses cookies…hmmm….

  38. These cookies look amazing! I haven’t made them yet, but I can’t wait to.

  39. Your cookies look absolutely perfect tumbling out of the package- great work as usual! 🙂

  40. Yours looks chewy and yummy. This is a great cookie.

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