Chewy Cocoa Molasses Cookies

These Spicy, chewy and oh so yummy cookies are exactly what you should be baking this week for Santa. Warm cloves, cinnamon, and ginger paired with a bit of heat from white pepper makes for a perfect cookie. I throw in just a touch of cocoa powder and then roll the dough into balls and coat with sugar. Your house will smell like something out of a Christmas Carol.

Merry Christmas!

Chewy Cocoa MOLASSES Cookies- makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cups) unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2/3 cup molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 1/4 cup AP flour

  • 1/4 cup sugar- for rolling cookies

Baking soda & salt mixed with warm cloves, cinnamon, ginger and white pepper give these cookies a kick.

Method- Prep time- 1 1/2 hours ( chilling dough) , baking time- 10 minutes

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy. Add in egg, vanilla and molasses. Beat on medium speed until well incorporated.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the spices, salt, white pepper, cocoa powder and flour. On low speed slowly, add in the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix about 20-30 seconds taking care not to overmix.
    Chill dough for 1 hour.
  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • With cold clean hands, roll the dough into 1 TBSP size balls. Roll in the sugar to throughly coat. Place on baking sheet 3- 4″ apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until center is set. Cool on baking sheet for five minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
A stand mixer makes quick work .
Don’t worry if the dough has a few streaks. You do not want to overmix the dough.

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