Tuesday, September 23, 2008

autumn cookie baking

molasses crinkles

In honor of the beginning of Autumn (yay! at last!), here are two cookie recipes that I love this time of year -- the Crinkles especially. It's a basic molasses cookie recipe I have seen in a ton of places, it's probably been around forever. The sprinkling step is actually very important -- it's what makes the crinkles!! So don't skip it!! the Walnut Nuggets are also very tasty -- and both cookies ship really well, if you've someone far off you'd like to bake for!

2-1/4 c sifted flour
1 t salt
2 t baking soda
1/2 t ground cloves
1 t cinnamon
1 t ground ginger
3/4 c softened butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 c molasses
At least 1 hour ahead: Sift together flour, salt, soda, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. In mixer, cream butter, brown sugar and egg together until "very creamy". Add molasses, then add flour. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
to bake: Preheat oven to 375°. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls and dip one side of each ball into sugar. Place balls 3" apart on greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly (with palm of hand, glass, whatever). Sprinkle each cookie with 2-3 drops of water. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done.

1/2 c softened butter
1/4 c sugar
1 egg (unbeaten)
1/2 t vanilla
2 T orange juice
2 T grated orange zest
1-1/4 c sifted flour
1/4 t cinnamon
3/4 c chopped walnuts
At least 8 hours ahead: In mixer, cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, juice and zest together until fluffy. Turn to low speed and add flour and cinnamon. Refrigerate dough until ready to use.
To bake: Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, place on greased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a heavy glass dipped into sugar (press the glass into the dough first to get the sugar sticking), flatten balls to 1/8". Sprinkle with nuts and bake 20 minutes.

Updated: found! see a photo of the walnut nuggets here.

Okay, this is a pretty brief entry, but it's been sitting in draft mode so long (a whole year!) I don't even remember what I was going to say about them! I decided it was time to post or delete, and they're good recipes, so I thought someone else might like to try them!!


  1. The ones in the picture - I think they're like the ones that I make - except mine are long. I looooove them! And the next one - I'll have to try those! (Could you post a picture of those as well when you get the chance? It just makes it a bit easier...) :)

  2. Those look super yummy (I was going to say "yum-o" but Rachel Ray drives me up a tree). I have a similar recipe but for sesame cookies.
    I will certainly give these a shot.

  3. Where are the jinjur snaps? *snort* "Jinjur" snaps? *snort*snort*snort*
    Looking mighty yummy! I'll bet THOSE didn't sit around for a year for somebody to find something to do with them!
    Have a great day!

  4. ASTRID: you know, I'm not sure if I have a photo? But I'll look, and I'll let you know if I find it!!
    MISC: The Crinkles are awesome once cool weather hits, lmk how it goes!
    and NANCY...I'll make some Jinjur Snaps you smarty pants you. Just wait.

  5. Awesome recipes -- we'll try the crinkles for sure!

  6. Oh, Sarah - those walnut nuggets look super-yummy! I'll have to try them out for my walnut-loving mother! :) Thanks for the pic!


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