These are so stinkin' good. Even Charlotte says so. (Side note-- maybe I should reconsider the phrases I use because they sound pretty weird parroted back to me by a four-year-old.) I made the rookie mistake of running out of chocolate chips (my go-to baking ingredient and main bribery tool for the kids) so I had to resort to a non-chocolate chip-based cookie for this afternoon's baking activity. I set the kids up playing "car wash" . . .
. . . and whipped up the dough. I was ALMOST done with them before Charlotte finally wandered over and demanded to help roll the balls in the sugar. Curses, foiled again. Yes, I think it's important to let her help in the kitchen, but it sure does muck up the works sometimes. Anyway, we finished the cookies without incident and both kids actually like them (which is huge, because they usually don't like anything other than chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies drowning in frosting).
Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butted, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl and set it aside for later.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
3. Beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar with a mixer until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
4. Roll the dough into balls the size of a rounded tablespoon. Roll each ball in the reserved sugar to coat.
5. Place balls three inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake (one sheet at a time -- this is important according to the original recipe) 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges are firm. The middles will look totally undone, but don't bake them any longer or else they will taste burnt. Cool 1 minute on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to racks to cool completely.