My favorite cookies to bake. Amazing for gifts, little goodie bags, ice cream sammies, and just eating by the boatload. I love to eat these spice cookies all times of the year, but with the holidays approaching these are a must. They are simple and fun to make, so really do not worry if you aren't usually a baker. You've got this!
When I cool my dough I like to put it in a glass or plastic storage container. Then I use a cookie scoop to ball out more evenly sized.
I roll that dough in the sugar and lay them out!
When they come out of the oven, they should be cracked like this!!!
While I do make this icing-less sometimes, I find many people enjoy the extra sugar. I add on the icing a few different ways, so it really is up to you. If the icing is thick enough you can dip in the top, or just the side as pictured below.
Or if you make your icing a little thinner, you can lay out your cookies on parchment paper and drizzle the cookies, which is a great look and gives your icing more coverage. If you are hosting/attending a party, make the icing on the side. Let guests dip as they go!
¾ cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ cup mild-flavor molasses
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup coarse sugar
Powdered Sugar Icing:
1½ cup powdered sugar
1½ tablespoons milk (soy or almond can substitute)
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1) Beat the butter in a big bowl using an electric mixer, or if you have the biceps use a whisk.
2) Carefully add the brown sugar, baking soda, and spices.
3) And then beat it. Just beat it! Until it is combined. Fold in the egg and molasses. Mix well.
4) Slowly add in the flour. You may need to use a wooden spoon to mix it completely.
5) Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that it is cold enough to ball.
6) Preheat oven to 375° F.
7) While oven is heating, place the course sugar into a small bowl. Shape your balls into whatever size feels best to you. Then toss them into the sugar bowl to completely coat them.
8) Place your sugared cookie balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes. The cookies should be seriously cracked.
9) While they are baking make your icing. I like to start with listed amount of ingredients. However, depending on the thickness you may want to slowly add a few more drops of milk to your mixture. The thicker your icing, the more of the white coating you will get.
10) Transfer to cooling racks and let those ladies cool.
11) Decorate away!
Once they are cooled (or not), grab a cup of tea or top with some ice cream. Remember to enjoy and feed yourself at home every once in a while.