“‘Lasses ‘n’ Spice”

October 8, 2010

I am grateful for my “cookie heritage”–mostly centered around the traditional cookies baked at Christmas time–the delicate, detailed Spritz, Russian Tea Cakes, and Bon Bons of my mother’s, and then added to by my mother-in-law, whose cookies were mostly “cut outs,” as she called them. She had every type of cookie cutter imaginable, I think, and she shared them with me. When she died, I found a laundry basket full of the old ones with the wooden handles and gave them away to our daughters first, and then to the neighbors. Today, sugar cookies are among my favorite kinds to make and bake also.

I also grew up with the Toll House cookie, (used to be my cousin, Harry’s, favorite, but not sure if it still is or not) and my mother was predictable in her baking of them: she never added anything extra or changed a tested, tried and true recipe. I, however, love to find new recipes and am not afraid to throw in a bit of this or that to spice it up a bit. I love cookies and I love trying all kinds. All of them. (And this principle doesn’t just apply to cookies!)

So…..consequently, I’m still hunting for fall cookie recipes, including any other fall recipes I can find!

I pulled a 1942 paperback Betty Crocker cookbook (sale price 25 cents) off of my cookbook shelf a couple of nights ago and found a recipe for “Molasses Crinkles” cookies. “Yippee!” I thought. I had wanted this very kind of cookie…..

In anticipation of making “something with molasses,” I had bought “Grandma’s” molasses (original.) I was delighted and surprised to find the exact same recipe on the label, so I figured it must be the real deal. I was thrilled and made a double batch. The first cookie sheet was full of crisp cookies, but the rest were chewy, just like I’d hoped! They’re nothing like the bon bons or the spritz of my mother’s, but I know she’d have liked these, too. Who wouldn’t?

Molasses Crinkles (thick, chewy, with cracked tops)

3/4 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 c molasses
2 1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger

Mix. Shape into balls (size of walnuts) and dip tops in sugar. Bake 9 min’s at 375 degrees.

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