Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TWD - Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies


I was raised into a Jewish style of baking. All desserts tasted like either cheese or chocolate. Never both. And, in season, apples. I don't remember the first time I ate a gingerbread man, but I was hooked. So much flavour! With edible limbs!

Today's cookie reminds me of my earliest gingerbread. Not too ginger-spicy, with lots of other notes - cinnamon, allspice and, most notably, black pepper.

Here's a question for everyone who baked them - the recipe implies that it makes two dozen. I rolled the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and got 6 1/2 dozen of 3" cookies. How many did you make? How big were they?

Thanks to a great blogger Pamela of Cookies With Boys for choosing this recipe. Since we're baking out of order this month, the recipe isn't up yet. Please stop by her blog anyways and check out her cute cran-apple crisps in ramekins.

I found these cookies simple to put together and difficult to stop eating. Have I mentioned that I have 6 1/2 dozen? If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by for tea and cookies!

30 comments:

  1. I so wish I was in the neighborhood so I could have some tea and cookies. They look fantastic.

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  2. Ciao ! I wish I could drop by and have a nice cup of tea (beautiful photo!) I can't wait to try them !

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  3. Your cookies look delicious! I got 18 out of a full recipe, but made them really LARGE. These were *so* delicious. I really could have eaten every one!

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  4. 6 1/2 dozen? How big did you make them? I halved the recipe and got exactly 12.

    No matter, though - they freeze perfectly.

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  5. Wow, 6 1/2 dozen and they don't look too small! Can't wait to make these. (I made the bundt cake--it's de-lish!)
    Great job, love that last photo.

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  6. Wish I lived closer Clivia - I'd definitely be over for a cookie or two.

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  7. Wish I was in the neighborhood because I would be there in a heartbeat! I love ginger/spice/molasses cookies. Can't wait to try these! Yours look yummy.

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  8. I hope you like them a lot, since you have so many! I didn't grow up eating spice cookies, but I'm looking forward to trying these.

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  9. Your cookies look perfect - I'm jealous of their beautiful round shape :) I definitely didn't get anywhere near as many as you. In fact, I'll be lucky to get 2 dozen out of a full recipe. Oh well, they were super tasty! I bet you can freeze some of them for another day.

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  10. Those are beautiful cookies. And what kind of tea is that? Love the color.

    I made 1/4 recipe and got 12 nice sized cookies. And they didn't last long.

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  11. I just cut one half of the dough into 12 pieces, and rolled those out. So yes, I will have 24 cookies. I thought they were BIG cookies, though; I'd prefer them smaller. No matter how big the cookie is, I can still tell myself it's okay to eat two, so smaller works better for my waistline. ;)

    "All desserts tasted like either cheese or chocolate."

    Sounds great to me! :)

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  12. Your cookies are perfect! I love their colour. I made about 33, more than what was stated in the recipe but far from 6 1/2 dozen! :) I wish I had that many.

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  13. Wow...6 1/2 dozen! yikes thats a lot of cookies! I made half of mine and got a little over 2 dozen so I guess that makes sense. Yours look perfectly round too! Glad you liked them!

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  14. I love your pictures. =) I used my #40 disher and got 28 cookies. They're about 3" in diameter. And boy are they tasty!

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  15. I love a little cookie like that for tea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Those cookies look perfect, I would love one right now. I guess I know to scale back the recipe a bit or make friends with my neighbors.

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  17. Those look great Clivia! My favorite type of cookies!

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  18. I love your pictures! The cookies look so yummy. I can't wait to make them!

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  19. Edible limbs, lol. 6.5 dozen, wow. I was planning on at least halving the recipe so I definitely will now. They look great!

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  20. WOW, 6 and a half dozen...that's a ton of cookies! They look so good! I haven't made these yet but I'm guessing I should scale back on the recipe a bit.....NICE JOB!!!!

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  21. I made mine pretty small but didnt count them before I started eating them so I dont know! They were soo good!

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  22. I made them big and then they spread all over the place. I love that first picture of your tumbling molasses cookies! And I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for baking with me!

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  23. Wow! Those are so perfectly even... they look like they are coming out of a box!

    Push over Sara Lee... Clivia's in the kitchen!!!

    Beautiful!

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  24. 6 1/2 dozen is a big difference from what the recipe states! But, gingerbread cookies can be so addictive, just sitting and nibbling. Your cookies look perfect and all the same size too. I am never getting to the cake at this rate =)

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  25. That looks like a great market in the post above. Lots of yum-yums to indulge in.

    Your cookies look perfect and make me crave one with a cup of tea.

    Yours look a tad thinner than mine were, I wonder if that's why you got so many. I made 2/3 of a batch and ended up with an even two dozen, so I guess that would have been 3 dozen for the whole recipe.

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  26. Beautiful pictures, Clivia! Those cookies are so scrumptious.

    I can't wait to make them now! Woo hoo!

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  27. Yummy! These look fantastic. I liked them (too much - ate too many!) and can't wait to pull them out of the freezer to make more! - mary

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  28. I just cut the dough into 24 pieces, so that's how many I got :) They were fabulous! Yours look wonderful, and that picture with the tea is great!

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  29. I'm glad you liked them (especially since you got 6 1/2 dozen!) I wish I was in the neighborhood, for so many reasons!

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