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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tasty Toons Town II

 I would like to fulfill my wish to my fellow friends and readers! As promised, the recipe for my tasty treat and teaser! 

Oliver and I visited Auntie Em for a night in of cooking and baking. Emma is an amazing chef. I have enjoyed every meal she has invited me over for. She makes everything look so easy. My Mom always said, you know they're really good at something when they make it look easy. 

She made a delicious and simple whole wheat pasta in which she added olive oil, salt, pepper, dried basil and garlic. She sliced some bread, plated some prosciutto and topped the colorful plate off with some spinach, goat cheese and dried cranberries! We added a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the mix and dined on a wonderful, easy, simple and tasty dinner. 

It took a full two seconds for both of us to agree on what we would like to bake. Emma suggested something pumpkin or spice and turned to the cookie section of our amazing cook book, The Best Recipe. Emma told me about this cook book and I had to buy it. I have the most recent edition called The New Best Recipe. Everything I have made has been wonderful. 

She turned right to the cookie section and found what she was looking for, the Molasses Spice Cookies. We both smiled and said "Um yeah!"

We stopped by the grocery store to pick up the last few items Emma didn't have in her kitchen. She had basically everything. I was impressed. Then we started baking away! 

Molasses Spice Cookies Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Makes 18 large cookies.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsulphered molasses


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. 

2 Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice together in a bowl and set aside.

3 Use an electric mixer and beat the butter for 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed. Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.

4 Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

5 Make sure to lick every last drop of cookie dough from the bowl, spatula and whisk.

6 Place remaining 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Working with 2 Tbsp of dough each time, roll dough into 1 3/4 inch balls. 

7 Roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

8 Bake until the outer edges of the cookies begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, about 11 to 13 minutes. 

The minute we put the cookies in the oven, the entire apartment filled with this spicy, sweet, unbelievably mouth watering aroma that made us so happy we couldn't stop smiling and saying "Oh my gosh they smell so good!"

9 Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring them to cooling racks. 

Note: do not overcook. The centers of the cookies should be somewhat soft and spongy when you take them out of the oven, otherwise they will end up hard and dry.

Optional Glaze
I don't know why they call it an optional glaze because once you see the image of what the cookies look like in the cookbook, there is no way you aren't going to do it. It should just be included in the recipe as "The Amazing Glaze You MUST Do." 
1 When the cookies have cooled, lay out over a sheet of wax paper. 
2 Sift 1 1/4 cups of confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) and then whisk with 2 Tbsp of milk until smooth. 

3 Dip spoon into glaze and dribble over cookies.

4 Let glaze cool and harden.

  Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.

We sat down on the sofa with a plate of our just out of the oven warm cookies, hot tea for Emma, a glass of milk for me, and season one of Mad Men. It couldn't have been a more perfect night! 

This little one's nose was going up, down, sideways, circular, and every direction it could. It was hilarious. His little nose is amazing. He can smell everything. His nose hardly leaves the ground during walks. You can imagine how crazy he was going when the cookies were baking in the oven! Plus, Auntie Em likes to spoil him! 

I highly recommend, if you love cooking, to purchase The New Best Recipe cookbook. They have the best recipes which are easy to cook or bake. I have had some of the most delicious meals from this book. If anyone has any questions about baking the cookies please let me know! I'll give you our tricks if you're lucky!

Enjoy the Molasses Spice cookies!!


  1. We are definitely going over to her house next time i visit. Everything looks amazing!

  2. The Best Recipe is my favorite cookbook, too (you just can't go wrong with Cook's Illustrated!) and I've been meaning to try those cookies for ages. I'm glad to know they're as delicious as they sound!

    How adorable is Oliver? Your puppy pictures always brighten my day! :)

  3. Does this mean I can leave you my ccokbook collection now since I have this one and most of the ones published by America's Test Kitchen? Probably about 30 or more?