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Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

Confession Time: Deep down, I truly believe that cookies are the only acceptable dessert at Christmas. Don’t even tell me I’m wrong. I know some of you will try to convince me of your brownie pie, red velvet cheesecake, or some aggressively flavored peppermint cake, but I’m not here for it. If it’s December and there’s a Christmas tree in my house, cookies are the best option. With that being said, I do think it’s easy to get stuck in the cookie rut. I, myself, reach for the same soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe every year, because that’s what I’ve grown up on. Even so, I’m making efforts this year to branch out, if only slightly, to widen my cookie offerings during Christmas. Cue these chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

So, here’s another confession: I don’t actually like molasses cookies. Sure, I love making gingerbread houses, smelling cinnamon-spiced things, and the idea of ginger-y treats during the holidays, but honestly, molasses need to get in line. When there are peppermint brownie cookies, fancy-frosted sugar cookies, and bourbon snickerdoodles to taste, who wants to settle for molasses?! Even so, I know many people adore the intensity of a spice cookie, so I decided to make a toned-down version that maybe even this Grinch would enjoy. Well, guess what- we landed somewhere delicious. These chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles are, in fact, splendid.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

These are chewy crackled cookies sweetened with brown sugar and a hint of molasses. The spice here is moderate too- just a smidge of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. My favorite part, though, is the roll of cinnamon sugar that the dough gets just before baking. It leaves us with a sanded exterior and a little extra texture. These cookies are mildly spiced, but wonderfully Christmas. If you have yet to be a fan of ginger cookies, this is the dough to try.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

I have a few other cookies in mind for this last two weeks before Christmas, so stay tuned! Happy Monday to you all and happy baking!

If you like these chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles you should try:

Gingerbread Lemon Bars
Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
Ginger Molasses Bundt Cakes
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Bourbon Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.
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Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Yield: 32

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (6 grams) cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (3 grams) ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (3 grams) cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (220 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85 grams) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large (50 grams) egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons (3 grams) cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses and stir on medium speed to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring on medium just until smooth. Add the bowl of mixed dry ingredients and stir on low speed to incorporate, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Once a soft dough comes together, set it aside.
  3. Line a heavy-bottomed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons (3 grams) cinnamon with the granulated sugar. Use a medium (1 ½- tablespoon) spring-loaded scoop to portion out rounds of dough on the prepared baking sheet. Briefly roll the balls of dough in your hands to smooth and coat the sides of each cookie dough piece with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Once the cookies are coated and placed on the baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap refrigerate to firm up, about 1 hour.
  4. About 15 minutes prior to baking, preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Prepare a second baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and space the cookie dough pieces 2 inches apart. Bake the pans one at a time in the preheated oven for about 11 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are cracked and beginning to set. Allow to cool slightly prior to enjoying. Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and are best eaten within 3 days.

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

After today, you and I will have very few secrets. The recipe I’m sharing this morning is nearest and dearest to my heart and is one that I’ve been savoring for years- my Mimi’s frosted sugar cookies.

Mimi’s Cookies

Every Christmas, for as long as I can remember, my Mimi would make these frosted sugar cookies. Sometimes I’d join her at the counter to watch her roll out dough. Tediously, she’d flour her surface, then the rolling pin. I’d tinker with her copper cookie cutters while she trimmed the dough and placed the shapes on cookie sheets. While the kitchen warmed from the heat of the oven and the scent of butter and vanilla, I’d pick at remnants of dough, nibbling on whatever was stuck to the beaters and the bowl.

Soft Frosted Cutout Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

We’d then gather around the table, some of us eagerly and others by the hair, as racks of bare cookies were placed in front of us. Bowls of  green, red, yellow, and white frosting came next, and we’d all dive in with our butter knives to begin frosting. The thirty minutes that followed is a blur of sprinkles and licked fingers, and by the time all of the cookies were frosted, the icing was gone, having been replaced with full bellies and stained hands. We’d nibble on cookies from the freezer for weeks, each one a savoring of the Christmas season and our time together.

Soft Frosted Cutout Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

Continuing the Traditions

Now, as an adult, I make these frosted sugar cookies for my own family. I think about the time and the effort it takes, and I remember the years when no one wanted to frost cookies because we were all so involved in our own thing. Still, every year, Mimi made cookies, and I have to believe it had less to do with her sweet tooth and more to do with a desire to create something meaningful for her family. That small act, the baking and frosting of cookies, somehow became apart of our Christmas season, and it’s all because of Mimi.

Soft Frosted Cutout Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

What is the sum of the small acts of love that we share with others? I wonder if, when we get to the later years of our lives, we’ll be able to look back on those tiny things and recognize the difference they made in our families. Will we recall something simple, like a recipe for frosted sugar cookies, and be able to recognize the joy it inspired in the lives around us?

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

“It’s the small things that culminate to a life overflowing with abundance.”

To the mothers and fathers and Mimis and neighbors who sew into the lives of the people around you, I want you to know that it makes a difference. Your effort, particularly at this time of year, means something. It has the potential to deeply impact lives when done so from a spirit of love. Small acts, like a batch of cookies and a few moments around the table, can mark someone so profoundly that, years later, they are moved to tears from the overwhelming sense of love and gratitude that those moments offered their lives. I take comfort knowing that daily acts for my own children may be filling their tanks with love. Maybe it’s the small things that culminate to a life overflowing with abundance.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

You may already have a favorite Christmas cookie. If you don’t, I invite you to enjoy these frosted sugar cookies with your own family. While not perfect or the prettiest or frilliest or most impressive, these frosted sugar cookies are delicious, and will be a recipe that your people won’t be able to keep their hands off of. Promise.

Making the Cookies

To make them, we start with the dough. Butter and sugar cream together before eggs, vanilla, and the dry ingredients add in. Once the dough comes together, wrap it in plastic and chill. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, use a floured rolling pin to smooth the dough into a 1/8-1/4″ thick slab. Next, begin to cut out shapes with medium-sized cookie cutters. When your sheet pan is full, place it in the oven until the cookies are barely puffed.

Soft Frosted Cutout Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for frosted sugar cookies makes a boatload- nearly 4 dozen. You’ll need friends to help you frost them, so invite all of your favorites over, okay? The frosting for these cookies is similar to a buttercream- the perfect match to the cookies. I use gel food coloring to dye the icing and work at frosting them with a simple butter knife; you can use whatever tools suit you best. Just have a blast while making them, okay?

Soft Frosted Cutout Cookies recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. These are an old fashioned recipe handed down to me for soft and fluffy cutout Christmas cookies. These cookies hold their shape well and are perfect for decorating with buttercream style frosting. Host a cookie exchange or decorating party with these cookies that look great with sprinkles and other piped frosting. Find the recipe and how to for these holiday favorites on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these frosted sugar cookies, be sure to check out:

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Painted Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Funfetti Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies 

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

These soft frosted sugar cookies are light and fluffy, perfect for cutout holiday cookies. The frosting is a creamy buttercream that can be spread and sprinkled!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 5 cups (650 gm) flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

 

For the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 large pasteurized egg
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk

Instructions

To prepare the cookies:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar, creaming on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk, and stir to combine for an additional 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix slowly until well incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Divide the dough into two flat rounds and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two pans by lining them with a sheet of parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Generously flour a work surface and roll one round of dough out to 1/8-1/4” thick using a floured rolling pin. Use medium-sized cookie cutters to cut out shapes of dough and place them 2” apart on the prepared pans. Place the whole pan in the freezer for 5 minutes (or fridge for 10) to set the shaped dough and then bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are well-set. Allow to cool on the pan briefly and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Try not to get the dough too-floured or overworked as this can change the texture of the cookies. If your dough gets too warm or sticky, place back in the fridge to chill a bit.

 

To prepare the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt, mixing until well combined. Add milk by the tablespoon until the frosting is thick but smooth, similar to the consistency of a thick cake buttercream. Use gel food coloring to dye the frosting and a knife to spread the frosting on the cookie. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Parchment paper isn’t necessary but helps the cookies keep their shape.
  • Pasteurized eggs are key for enjoying this frosting safely! Admittedly, I’ve prepared the frosting without pasteurized eggs a million times without any “trouble,” but to be food safe, you’ll want to get them anyways.
  • The frosting recipe makes a modest amount. If you want to have generously frosted cookies or quite a bit of extra to play with, double to recipe to be safe.

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