For Christmas a few years ago, my Grandma gave me a copy of a family cookbook that several of my second cousins had put together, highlighting many of the favorite dishes that have been passed down over the generations.
The recipes, for things like fluffy buttermilk biscuits, the “perfect” turkey gravy, and split pea soup (with a ham hock thrown in for good measure), tell a story not only of great Southern food, but of memories and love shared around our family tables.
These chewy, flavorful molasses cookies come from my great Aunt Marie – a woman who, every morning, made those aforementioned biscuits from scratch. Yes, really.
When I came across these gingery little treats in the book while looking for new holiday cookie recipes, they instantly became favorites, and I’ve made them multiple times every holiday season since
Though they’re unassuming little cookies, and maybe even look boring, they more than make up for it with a winning, chewy texture and tons of flavor, thanks to dark, sweet molasses, fresh ginger, and warming spices.
And while you can gussy up their sparkly, crackled tops with a dip in dark chocolate and a sprinkling of holiday nonpareils, I actually love these spicy molasses cookies best plain, perhaps alongside a cozy cup of coffee or cocoa. Happy baking!!
Originally published on December 20th, 2012. I’m (slowly) going back through my recipe archives, updating some of my favorites with new photos and information.