Classic Chewy Molasses Cookies a low-key holiday favorite

  • Modest, quiet molasses cookies could steal the show among holiday cookie displays.

    Modest, quiet molasses cookies could steal the show among holiday cookie displays. Sarah E. Crowder/Associated Press

  • Go for dark brown sugar in this recipe to accentuate the molasses flavor in this chewy cookie.

    Go for dark brown sugar in this recipe to accentuate the molasses flavor in this chewy cookie. Sarah E. Crowder/Associated Press

 
Posted12/7/2016 6:02 AM

Holidays equal platters and tins of festive-looking cookies. Cookies with colored icing, cookies with sprinkles, cookies with fillings, cookies with layers.

An artistic cookie display is a thing of beauty, that I'll not argue. But I'll reach past the whole lot if I see a flat, modest, quiet molasses cookie. This is my cookie, not much to look at compared to its flashy holiday brethren, but pliant and spice-scented and, to my mind, kind of perfect.

 

Because the butter is melted in this recipe, you can just as easily mix them up with a spoon or a rubber spatula as an electric mixer. And also go for dark brown sugar, which contains more molasses.

Don't overbake these cookies (unless you want crispy molasses cookies -- then go right ahead and add another couple of minutes).

They will keep for three or four days in an airtight container. And they are good contenders for shipping; separate layers with wax or parchment paper, place additional crumbled paper in the bottom and top of the container to fill it, and make sure the container is well-padded before putting it in a box and sending it off to a lucky recipient.

• Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, "Dinner Solved!" and "The Mom 100 Cookbook." She blogs at http://www.themom100.com/about-katie-workman/

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