Thursday, July 21, 2005

Sugar & Spice Drops

The name of this King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion recipe is very misleading. It makes me think of a snickerdoodle type cookie. Instead it is a wonderfully chewy, deep molassy, spicy flavored cookie. A plateful of these disappeared in short time when the book club came over.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1-2/3 cups flour
Granulated sugar, for coating the dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the oil, brown sugar, molasses, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix in flour.

Shape or scoop the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls. A tablespoon cookie scoop can be used to portion the dough. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Use a fork to press a crisscross pattern into the top of each.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, or until they're set. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool.

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