Molasses cookies are a wonderful bedtime snack this time of year
Several nights a week my husband and I revert to being kids and treat ourselves to a bedtime snack.
It might be two squares of dark Lindt chocolate (80-90%) with a glass of port wine or graham crackers with a thin layer of honey. I’ve read that having carbs before bed helps with sleep so the dark chocolate is probably not as good of an idea as the graham crackers but, hey, a girl’s gotta have her chocolate sometimes.
This time of year, we really enjoy Molasses cookies with chamomile tea. The combination is so soothing and the flavors compliment each other perfectly. Some candles going, a few molasses cookies, hot tea and a good book make me feel like time is a luxury I can afford to revel in.
If you have kids, this pastime in its entirety is probably not one you’ll be able to adopt but they’ll be happy to help you with the cookie-eating part, I imagine.
Last night we paired our cookies with a dessert sherry. While the sherry is good, the combination was not. We’ll be going back to tea tomorrow night.
Ginger Crinkles (Molasses cookies)
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ C light molasses
¾ C shortening
1 1/3 C sugar**
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
¼ tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
2 C flour
Mix all ingredients. Do not over mix or they will not be chewy. Refrigerate 1 hour. Shape dough into 1” balls; roll in remaining 1/3 C sugar**. Place, 2” apart, on ungreased sheet. Bake 8-10 min (no longer) in 350 degree oven. Let stand 1 minute before removing from sheets. Makes about 4 dozen.