Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies

Friday, March 8

Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies |une gamine dans la cuisine

Happy Friday, everyone! Thank you for the kind well-wishes in my cookie butter blondie post. Having survived wire braces (thanks, early 90's), a retainer, and one root canal - the tooth extraction was not too traumatizing - I just like to be melodramatic, it makes the reality of a situation feel like a fluffy purple pillow.

Thanks to a hunger-induced shopping spree, I'm forced to extend the soft food "diet," slightly - Häagen-Dazs looks awkward and out of place amongst my frozen vegan, organic hippie food.  Lucky me, I was able to enjoy these soft cookies (via several small mouse bites). White wine has also been a close companion these past few evenings - apologies to anyone who may have encountered some tipsy Tweets.

Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies |une gamine dans la cuisine

These cookies, while slightly holiday-ish in ambiance, are whimsical and pleasant enough to be enjoyed at the onset of spring. The ginger makes it's zippy appearance in two forms, ground and crystallized - the latter offers random bursts of chewy, sweet, sultry heat - kissing the back of your throat like a cosy red scarf on a cold wintery day.

The molasses keeps the cookies soft and chewy, while the rum simply acts every bit the Rum - giving off it's brilliant rummy-ness. If you don't have rum (why?), feel free to use about 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract instead. I should mention that the cookie dough is Awesome. And yes, I know the same can be said for most cookie doughs, but this one...this one is especially additive (cover the bowl tightly!).

p.s. Don't forget to spring forward this weekend! 

Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies |une gamine dans la cuisine

Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies
makes 24-26 cookies

ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (that's 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup tightly packed brown sugar (preferably dark)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon dark rum
1/4 cup molasses (unsulfured)
1 Tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 cup granulated sugar (for coating)

method
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and both sugars together on med-high speed until creamy (about 3-5 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg for about one minute. Add the molasses and rum and beat on low until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients, beating on low speed just until combined. Use a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the chopped, crystallized ginger.

Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 6 hours - or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place 1/4 cup of granulated sugar into a large, shallow bowl.
For each cookie, measure out a walnut-size scoop of dough (about 1 oz each, or 1 rounded Tablespoon). Roll the dough into a ball and roll ball through the bowl of granulated sugar until evenly coated. Place the sugar-coated balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets - allowing about 2-inches of space between each one.

Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are set. {Note: Mine were perfect, and chewy after 8 minutes...if you prefer crunchier cookies, leave them in for the full 10 minutes.} Remove the sheets from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for about 8 minutes before carefully transferring them to a cooling rack - the cookies may still be fragile, so use a thin spatula to make the transfer.

Enjoy with your favourite cup of tea.

inspired by allrecipes

31 comments:

  1. These look irresistibly chewy! I love the sugared coating... glad you were able to enjoy a few of these beauties :).

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  2. I have a soft spot for ginger, and molasses. And rum. These will be in the oven this weekend.

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  3. Words cannot express how much I want these cookies. Now.

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  4. A couple weeks ago when I posted those molasses/coconut oil cookies that I said were so soft & chewy they bend rather than break and you commented about them...well, these were the kind of cookies I had in mind and really wanted to make just straight up molasses/ginger soft, chewy cookies b/c I love these kind of cookies so much. I loved what I made too but these are just another option that has to happen! They're gorgeous, Valerie! And with rum...YES!! And the crystallized ginger..yes again!

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  5. Great cookies! What an awesome flavor combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I could have used a half dozen of these cookies on Wednesday during our snow storm, when I was hunkered down with my hot coffee...and yes, I had the rum too! Darn, could have made them! Love the slight shimmer from rolling them in the sugar! Have a great weekend, Val!

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  7. Glad you aren't too traumatized - I also like to assume the worst and then be pleasantly surprised to survive a situation. These cookies are calling my name.

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  8. Ginger molasses cookies are my absolute favorite! I love the addition of crystalized ginger in these!

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  9. These cookies look wonderful I wish I had them on this Friday evening while watching the tv! I have to get a root canal in a few weeks.. Not looking forward to it!

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  10. ahhhh i totally forgot that this weekend is the time change! thanks for the reminder! i think i need to make these cookies to help me get through the devastating loss of that hour :)

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  11. Glad you were able to enjoy these, even in little nibbles. Ginger and rum? That's a very seductive combination. I am tempted to have a few...

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  12. I'm happy that you can at least eat some of these cookies. :)

    And ginger molasses cookies are one of my favorite cookies ever. I've never tried them with rum but surely that can only make them better!

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  13. I love love love love LOVE these cookies!! And I miss miss miss miss the early 90's and the braces and the retainers and my z. cavariccis!! LOL!

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  14. I like a zippy ginger cookie and a softie=even better;-)

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  15. Oh my! These are like a cookie dream come true! I love molasses cookies and these look fabulous! The addition of rum is brilliant!

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  16. I'm glad to hear everything went well and you're doing better! I need these cookies!!!

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  17. I do believe I have rum...specifically for treats like this. Love the flavor combo here. These wouldn't have been safe around me. :)

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  18. I love ginger cookies, Valerie...no matter what time of year. And these look so very soft and chewy. Thank you for sharing such a tempting recipe. I'm eager to try these!

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  19. thse look good, really good! I am always a sucker for chewy cookies:-)

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  20. When we were at university, my friend used to put ginger nut biscuits in the microwave because she liked the way they went all soft. These look like a MUCH better bet than anything from a packet - I'm emailing her a link to this recipe now!

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  21. Oh Valerie! These look simply divine. I am glad that you got past the holiday ambiance feeling of these cookies - since I believe these beauties should be enjoyed year round. I just wish I had one right now.

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  22. I'm glad to hear your "soft" food diet finally extended itself to some cookies! These look satisfying enough to not mind the food limits.

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  23. Oh, these sound just amazing. I love molasses, it adds such a deep, rich flavor. Looking forward to trying these, Valerie!

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  24. Thank you for including the photo of your baking pan I too use Silpat, and my pans also have that lustrous golden brown layer around the edges that I work so hard to remove but never come off.

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  25. Tipsy tweets...hahaha! You always make me giggle. Your cookies...oh, yes. I adore cookies like this and then you tease with a little rum in it, too?:)

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  26. Beautiful cookies, happy you can still enjoy them! I had once a double wisdom tooth extraction after which I've spend 2 weeks with cheeks large enough to rival a well fed hamster, and could barely eat anything....

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  27. These look and sound scrumptious, love the double ginger, yum!

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  28. Oh my...what a deal at the dentist. Glad to hear you got some nice soft food treats to hold you over. These
    Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies looks so good. I love molasses and ginger together. Can't wait to try this.

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  29. These are one of my very favorite cookies!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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Happy Baking!
♥ Valerie

 

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