Ree's Spicy Molasses Cookies Are So Rich and Chewy

This is one of my all-time favorite : spicy molasses cookies. They so dang rich, chewy, and flavorful… and the best of all, when they're baking, they fill the kitchen with the scent of apple cider! Trust me, it's really uncanny. 

I've made these before with just a hint of chopped fresh ginger added to the dough, and it makes them almost too delicious for words. But the basic recipe is wonderful, too—give it a try both ways! Put them on your  and wrap them up and gift them to your neighbors, but save some for Santa.

Try these fun variations: 

1. Drizzle melted white chocolate in decorative stripes over the top of each cookie. Allow to harden before serving. Or: dip half of each cookie in melted white chocolate. Yum.

2. Roll the cookie dough in gold, sparkling sugar instead of granulated sugar before baking. Crunchy, sweet, and sparkly!

3. Make sandwiches using two cookies and a scoop of . Yikes.

4. Eat at all the cookies yourself, then hide all the evidence.

What spices go well with molasses?

Anything sort of warm spice like you'd find in . Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom... you get the picture.

What's the difference between spicy molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies?

It's really all about the texture, because they contain most of the same ingredients. is usually firmer and snappier. Molasses cookies are rich, softer, and chewier.  

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