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Molasses Spice Cookies, A Book Review and A Giveaway

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.


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:

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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!


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