Sweet Tooth Friday: Peppermint Molasses Cookies

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on December 22, 2011

It’s almost here. I can count the hours now.

Christmas. One of the busiest, most exciting times of the year. One of the most stressful too. But also, an important time to slow down and take in all of our blessings.

Because it’s so easy to get trapped in what we don’t have. What we want more of. What we want less of. What isn’t perfect.

This year I’ve been blessed by a family of four. Two adoring little boys. One amazing husband. An entire family that completes my life.

I’ve also been blessed with a sweet tooth. Which is just one more reason that I love Christmas so much. I can make as many sweets as I want. It’s expected.

I love it.

This year was kind of funny. We had a couple of early celebrations with my family, and there was one thing missing.

Some how, no one made any cookies.

Sure, there was peppermint brownie truffle cheesecake and it was to.die.for.

But there were no cookies.

At one point, my mom asked in a cheerful voice “does anyone even miss the cookies?”

I immediately blurted out, YES!

It’s not Christmas without cookies. There. I said it.

So I’ve been busy baking this week, and will probably continue baking  into Christmas day.

Because Christmas just isn’t Christmas without cookies.

This is a new recipe that I tried this year. Intrigued by the strange combination of flavors, molasses and peppermint. A combination that I initially wrinkled my nose at, but then, I couldn’t reist. They just looked so dang tasty.

peppermint molasses cookies

And you know what? They are. Super tasty. Christmas tasty. A new favorite recipe tasty.

I hope that Santa likes these. And if he doesn’t, well, that’s just too bad. There’s more for me then.

peppermint molasses cookies

Merry Christmas. Happy holidays. And all that jazz.

Iced Peppermint Molasses Cookies

Iced Peppermint Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

    Cookies
  • 2/3 cups butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
  • Peppermint Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-6 tablespoons milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely crushed candy canes

Instructions

    Cookies
  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, beat until well blended.
  2. To the butter mixture slowly beat in the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt. Mix just until dough comes together. Stir in peppermint candy.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the fridge until dough is firm, at least 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Shape the chilled dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined or silicone mat lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool slightly, then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  7. Peppermint Icing
  8. In a small bowl mix together the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk or whipping cream, and vanilla extract.
  9. Add more milk or whipping cream until the icing is thin enough to drizzle.
  10. Stir in 1 tablespoon finely crushed candy canes.
  11. Using a spoon, drizzle over the cooled cookies.
  12. Allow icing to harden before storing.
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{ 16 comments }

1 Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies December 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

hhmmm peppermint molasses?? this intrigues me! i may just have to try this!

2 Rhondi December 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

You gotta have cookies at Christmas. I’m trying to narrow down my list. Merry Christmas Alli!

3 NCSue (I follow back!) December 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Good morning!
I’ve included your site on a page I’ve put together devoted to hops, challenges, and memes for every day of the week! The link to that page is under my header. http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

4 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

That’s for including my site! Happy Holidays!

5 Winnie December 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

Yummy – I love these cookies – they look delicious!
And I;m a cookie-lover

6 Ambreen December 23, 2011 at 4:58 am

Delicious & flavorful cookies, fantastic! Thanks for hosting. Warmest Christmas wishes to you & your family :)

7 Aimee @ ShugarySweets December 23, 2011 at 5:22 am

Alli,
Thanks for hosting each week. Have a very Merry Christmas!

8 shari brooks December 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

Love the Peppermint Molasses cookies recipe. I’m going to try this week. I’m on a peppermint craze so I linked up my peppermint bark as well as my gingerbread and earthquake cookies. Love your party and happy holidays

9 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I love peppermint bark. I made some for the first time this year, as a gift for my father-in-law. I almost couldn’t stop eating it.

10 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids December 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

Everything looks delicious. Thanks for hosting the party on this beautiful Christmas Eve Eve. Yes, Christmas needs cookies. Definitely. :)

11 Mindie December 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

Thanks for the linky. Merrry Christmas!

12 Rachel December 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’ve never thought of combining peppermint and molasses but they’re two of my favorite flavors, so why not!

13 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

It is a surprisingly good flavor combo. Happy holidays!

14 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies December 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Mmm, that must be one super flavor combo.

15 Miz Helen December 31, 2011 at 8:40 am

Alli,
These must be the Christmas Cookies that gave you the Christmas Cookie Coma, I would not be able to stop eating these wonderful cookies. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Happy New Year to you and your family and Abundant Blessings in 2012!
Miz Helen

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