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#FBCookieSwap + Chocolate Molasses Sugar Cookies

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Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m sure you’re already thinking about baking and making all sorts of sweet treats. As a food blogger, I’ve been thinking about it for longer than I’d like to admit, but at least I have a good reason. One of those reasons is the Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It’s a thing that’s been going on for a few years now, but I haven’t participated since we were traveling. So when we decided to stay home permanently, I knew I wanted to do it.

More dairy free Christmas cookies: soft sugar cookies / fruitcake cookies / grinch cookies / almond crescents / spicy gingersnaps

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The hardest part was deciding what to make (luckily, I wasn’t the only one with that problem, since I got more than one flavor cookies from Julie). I knew I wanted to make something festive that just screams Christmas, and I wanted to make something that I could decorate. After weeks of looking for the right recipe, I settled on these chocolate molasses sugar cookies.

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I loved making these cookies, and I even made a dairy-free batch using butter-flavored shortening so that Marc could have some. And, my sister and I had a lot of fun decorating the cookies – we even made some ugly ones just for fun.

To decorate the cookies, I used a piping bag and a #3 decorating tip (I think!). It took a little practice because my piping skills were a bit rusty, but I was pretty happy with the final result. If you’re not so sure of your skills, try keeping things simple with doodle-y frosting or dots.

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And to package the cookies, I found these takeout boxes at Michael’s that perfectly fit a dozen cookies. Then I padded those boxes inside of the post box before shipping them. Hopefully the bloggers that received my cookies liked them as much as I did!

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Chocolate Molasses Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening (or unsalted butter)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, beat the butter and brown sugar at a medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and molasses and beat until combined.
  4. In four increments, add the dry ingredients, beating until combined and scraping sides when needed.
  5. Divided dough into two sections and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 325˚ and line baking sheet *affiliate link with parchment paper *affiliate link.
  7. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thick and cut out shapes. Bake for 11 – 13 minutes.
  8. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

For the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, beat the frosting ingredients at a medium speed until soft peaks have formed. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe frosting onto cookies as desired.

Nutrition
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart & Taste of Home.

  • Reply
    Sandra @ Heavenly Home Cooking
    December 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful, Melissa! I am loving the contrast of the white icing on the chocolate cookies. They look so elegant! And I bet they are absolutely delicious!

  • Reply
    Mary @ StrawmarySmith
    December 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Melissa, these cookies look amazing! I saw these on your instagram and I just had to check it out! I’ve been seeing so many perfectly decorated hokiday cookies this season and I always think, “No way can I do that.” But I love your tip about just making doodles or dots. Now I have to try!

  • Reply
    Mary @ StrawmarySmith
    December 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Melissa, these cookies look amazing! I saw these on your instagram and I just had to check it out! I’ve been seeing so many perfectly decorated holiday cookies this season and I always think, “No way can I do that.” But I love your tip about just making doodles or dots. Now I have to try!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      December 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      You can totally do it! I swear it just takes a little practice. I did take a cake decorating class a few years ago, but it had been so long. You should have seen the first batch of cookies! My sister and I were almost in tears laughing at them.

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