Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oh, the weather outside is frightful!

Today is a snugly day.
A watching Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer and eating homemade soup day.

But, the babies crawl to the door and whine like puppies if I don't take them on enough walks.
And we were out of disposable diapers (and I've been using the cloth diapers less, now that the babies have real poop, but we don't have a diaper sprayer yet.... more on that later.)
So the boys and I went on a walk to the grocery store.
And we bundled up well, to combat the freezing rain and blustery wind.

And now Grey and Micah are down for their naps (after Micah insisted on sitting on his brother's back until he cried) and I am baking Molasses Sugar cookies, which are completely perfect for chilly weather.
They're sugary and soft, and warming to the soul.
And I think you should all enjoy them, so here is the recipe:

Grandma Bessie's Molasses Sugar Cookies:
(a note: this is a BIG batch and can easily be split in half, but I'm of the "share the love" mindset, so some of our neighbors may be getting cookies... but they're pretty good, so I'm not making any promises.)

3 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses

1 tsp salt
4 tsp bk soda
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
4 1/2 cups flour

Beat the butter, sugars, eggs and molasses for a few minutes, until well-combined and fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Roll out into balls, roll in sugar.
Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

I like to make my cookies pretty small, and they spread a bit in the pan.
Also, here's a trick, spray your measuring cup with cooking spray before you measure the molasses, and then it slides right out of the cup!
And another trick, in order to avoid over-cooking your cookies, pull them out of the oven as soon as you see cracks on the surface of the cookies.
Oh, one more trick! Cookies are usually done as soon as you can smell them! Isn't that an amazing trick? Of course, it doesn't work if you're baking more than one pan...

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Unknown said...

Yummmm... I will have to try this one!

Krystle said...

I was the recipient of similar cookies last night :) Yum.

MARCIE said...

These are my favorite cookies and now I must make them! Your "little puppies" are so adorable. Micah does sound like quite the animal!

The Spencers said...

Thanks for the recipe, we made them yesterday and they were delish! My kids were delighted! Your boys are getting so big!

Julia said...

Um, LOVE the hats! They look like such big boys in them! Make that stop. Keep them small...forever!! *evil laugh*