Molasses Spice Cookies, A Book Review and A Giveaway

by kitchenarian on December 6, 2011

What to make, what to make? This was the dilemma I had when I recently received a complimentary copy of Stacy Adimando’s cookbook, The Cookiepedia – Mixing, Baking and Reinventing the Classics.

I have read a lot of cookbooks over the years and my rule has always been that if I see one really good recipe, it is worth the price of the book. Never have I seen so many cookies in one cookbook that I wanted to bake!

I was drawn to the palmiers, the fig bars and even the lemon chewies. I was intrigued by the salt and pepper cookies and the pistachio butter cookies: I couldn’t decide which to bake first. I did finally narrow down my choices, but I still couldn’t decide between the molasses spice cookies and the frosted maple pecan cookies. Quite a dilemma, I know! As I happened into the kitchen just last week Sous Chef had the Christmas music blaring (Michael Buble’s new Christmas CD) and she was in full cookie production as she was making both recipes!

We ate these cookies so quickly that I never even got pictures from the first batches, so I had to bake some more molasses spice cookies to be able to share some pictures with you. It’s a tough job, you know!

Here are a few notes about the cookbook: I love the organization of the book: cookies are categorized by such delicious descriptions as buttery, chocolaty, fancy, fruity and spicy. The spiral binding makes the book sit nicely on the counter. For every recipe there is a little corner of the page called “Notes” that has a few lines that you can make comments about the recipe or record your own adjustments. I found the recipes easy to follow. All these small touches to the book make it sure to be a favorite cookbook in your home. If you love baking cookies, I am sure you will love this book. Here is a little peek inside:

I am so excited to tell you that the publishers of The Cookiepedia are going to give a copy of this wonderful cookbook to a Kitchenarian reader! I am so happy; you will love this book.   And you can get it just in time to make some yummy cookies over the holidays! See giveaway instructions below the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon freshly ground cloves
¼ teaspoon freshly ground all-spice
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup sugar, plus extra for rolling dough
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup dark molasses

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Sift the flour, baking soda and spices into a bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed for several minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla mix until combined. Add the molasses and mix until combined.

Add the flour mixture in thirds and mix on low just until incorporated. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.  Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and coat with the extra sugar. Place the cookies on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. For crispy cookies, leave them in another minute or two. Cool the sheets on wire racks for about 5 minutes before transferring cookies directly onto racks to cool. (Just so you know, I did not use freshly ground spices for the ingredients.  I used my regular spices and these cookies were amazing!)

Here are the ways in which you can enter the cookbook giveaway:

Comment about your favorite cookie recipe
Follow the Kitchenarian on facebook
Follow the Kitchenarian on twitter
Link to this giveaway from your blog or website
Tweet about giveaway:
Cookbook Giveaway over at @kitchenarian http://tinyurl.com/bso549v

Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Giveaway will expire on Sunday, December 11th at midnight EST. Giveaway is open to residents of the United Sates and Canada only. Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.


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Terri Sue December 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

my mother’s pecan cookies.

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Carolyn December 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Ooo, the salt and pepper cookies sound intriguing! But these molasses spice cookies are a beloved classic that everyone loves.

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betsy December 8, 2011 at 2:58 am

for the molasses spice cookies, you don’t provide an oven temperature.

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kitchenarian December 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

So sorry! 350 degrees. I have added it to the post. Thanks for letting me know.

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Gina Rogers December 8, 2011 at 8:30 am

I love gooey butter cookies!

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Kiri W. December 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

My favorite cookie would definitely be Nougatstangen, which I made with my dad growing up in Germany – two chocolate shortbread cookie halves sandwiching nougat creme and dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmm!

I love molasses cookies, looks like a wonderful recipe!

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Kiri W. December 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Also tweeted about this 🙂 (kirikiri1)

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Sonya December 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

My favourite cookies are treaclewaffles!
There is always a stand on the market which bakes fresh ones everyday, and when you walk past it, it smells irresistably good! Next to the regular size, they also have ‘giant’ ones, and they taste great when they’re still warm, fresh from the baking-iron. Especially when it’s a little chilly outside! There should actually be a stand standing next to it selling hot chocolate (or coffee or tea)… That’s the only thing missing. So I tried making treacle waffles myself at home. They didn’t really look the same, for as I don’t own a waffle-iron so I baked them in a pan. But they tasted very nice! And ofcourse with a hot drink next to it :). This is how my favourite cookierecipe became my favourite cookierecipe :P.

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felice calais December 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

My children and I follow on Facebook.

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Jay @ LocalFood.me December 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

I like a simple cookie. One that reminds me of growing up. This molasses spice cookie would make that list.

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets December 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

I love the new Michael Buble Christmas CD! It’s on permanent repeat on my house! I think my children are already very sick of it… favorite cookie to go with is a S’more cookie…

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Sous Chef December 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love it too! So great 🙂 Very inspiring for baking Christmas cookies haha

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Becky December 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

My favorite cookies are oatmeal chocolate chip, so good!

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modernworkinggirl December 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

Hmm…maple-flavored sugar cookies with maple glaze!!

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Athena December 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love a good chocolate chip cookie.

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Athena December 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

I like you on FB.

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Athena December 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

I follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

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Alicia December 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

I follow you on Facebook already.

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Alicia December 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

I love my mom’s cherry drops. They are a maraschino cherry cookie ball with the top dipped in chocolate. Almost like a cherry cordial cookie. Yummy. Might have to get her to make them again. Haven’t had them in years.

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Kevin December 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

I just don’t believe that ANY cookie can ever approach a fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie.

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Diana Hobbs December 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love anything with shortbread but My all-time favorite would have to be a Martha Stewart recipe I have for chocolate thumbprints with cream cheese filling and strawberries on top. They are delicious!

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Michele December 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The cookies look so good I will make them tonight. I always loved making cookies with my children. It makes a wonderful Christmas memory.

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Emily December 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I love this recipe! The cookies look amazing and soo tasty I love the molasses spice combination. My fav cookie recipe is gluten-free sugar cookies 🙂

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alesia December 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

a little sea salt sprinkled over any chocolate chip cookie recipe takes it to all new heights. Yum. I can’t wait to try this molasses cookie recipe – it looks delicious.

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

My favorite cookie, at the moment are Mexican wedding cookies.

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Brooke December 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love a good snickerdoodle. I will try the molasses cookie. Thanks for the recipe!

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I tweeted the giveaway

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Catherine Daugherty December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

My favorite NEW recipe is Sweet & Pink Peppermint Krispies that I just posted yesterday at http://www.praycookblog.com The recipe came from Our Best Bites website and I am totally in love with Peppermint marshmallows!

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petite.cherie December 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Raspberry almond crunch bars, peppermint chocolate cheesecake squares, oatmeal pb choc chip cookies….sigh….I could go on for days 🙂

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petite.cherie December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I follow you on FB

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wendyb964 December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

My Irish friend, Colette’s cookies: shortbread, homemade butterscotch caramel made with Lyle’s golden syrup, topped with (Cadbury) chocolate.

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petite.cherie December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

It wouldn’t be a cookie, according to my grown children, without Snickerdoodles I first made as a Brownie scout

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felice calais December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Pizelles though my only Italian friend who makes them lives an ocean away. No one ’round here will eat them, so if I find them, tis a real treat.

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Lindsey December 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

my fav cookie recipe has to be for good ole chocolate chip cookies. i love using them for ice cream sandwiches too! 😀

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Lindsey December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i follow the @Kitchenarian on twitter 😀

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Lindsey December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i tweeted about this giveaway: “Cookbook Giveaway over at @kitchenarian http://tinyurl.com/bso549v” 😀

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Jennie December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

My favorite is Pfeffernüsse- almost as much fun to say as they are to eat. 🙂

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Monica December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

It changes depending on my mood. Right now, my favorite are peanut butter cup cookies!

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Meagan December 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I came to comment on your lovely cookies without seeing that you were hosting a giveaway!

I love your Molasses Spice Cookies but my nostalgic fave will always be my mother’s German Berliner Kranzen.

Cheers and thanks for sponsoring such a fun contest!! 🙂

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Quiche-ing Queen December 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

My favorite cookie would have to be a homemade oreo. Yummy! What a fantastic cookbook and giveaway!

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Kara December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

These cookies look delicious – I would love to win a copy of this cookie book!

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Kara December 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

My favorite cookie recipe is my MIL’s gingerbread man recipe.

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Roberta December 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

My favorite cookie recipe is for my daddy’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that he makes (and now I make as well) at Christmas. Though of course, when you have a craving, you sometimes have to deviate from tradition, and have a little taste of heaven outside of the holiday season.

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Roberta December 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I follow you on facebook!

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Ally December 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Loving the look of these! Could easily eat a dozen.
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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Jess December 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

That cookbook looks adorable! My favorite cookie, if we’re not talking store bought oreos which are my absolute guilty pleasure, would be a Mexican Wedding cookie.

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Jess December 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I also just started following you on Twitter

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Jess December 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

And on FB too!

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MELODY NEGUS December 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I like traditional chocolate chip cookies.

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MELODY NEGUS December 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I followed you on twitter.

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MELODY NEGUS December 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I tweeted about the contest.

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Jenne December 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I guess I am traditional when it comes to cookies I like Oatmeal Raisin (no chocolate chips)

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