What happened to this year? It seems like a minute ago it was February. Anticipation of spring kicked in and then all of a sudden the holiday season is here. Summer flashed by like lightning. Even my birthday month, November, is passing by too quickly. Christmas is my favorite holiday though. I have to admit I had a bucket of fun with taking the photos of these Ginger Molasses Cutout Cookies. Digging into my holiday decorations got me excited and thinking about all the festivities to come.
Ginger has a big association with holiday time. Candied ginger, gingerbread houses and cookies, plus it being in so many winter squash recipes. My Gingered Butternut Squash Tart has ginger snaps, ground ginger and candied ginger in it. It’s warming for the soul and so nice to enjoy on a cold winter day. I adore the flavor and was very excited when ginger was announced as the theme for November’s Creative Cookie Exchange.
I then had to decide which ginger cookie to bake. I first thought about something with candied ginger. I even bought some to get inspiration. Low and behold it was a jar of molasses in the panty that put me in the direction of these cookies. I wanted to do cutout cookies because I think they are so fun and festive looking.
The dough is a very soft one for cutout cookies. It is important to keep it cold or it will be too soft to cutout properly. Also be sure to flour your work surface and the rolling pin generously. The dough is somewhat sticky too. I wondered how these cookies would turn out only to be very pleasantly surprised.
Ginger Molasses Cutout Cookies are thin and crunchy. The flavor is like a less spiced gingerbread cookie. Ginger and cinnamon are the main spices with a hint of mace or nutmeg. I thought all the molasses and dark brown sugar in the dough would make them quite sweet. It was yet another surprise to find the cookies are only mildly sweet.
Do you enjoy ginger? Scroll down to find more ginger cookie recipes by talented bakers for the Creative Cookie Exchange. Cherish every moment to come with the holiday season ahead. Treasured memories are waiting to be made so savor those good times with family and friends.
Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living Christmas Cookies cookbook published in 1986 (no longer in print).
The Creative Cookie Exchange theme this month is Ginger Cookies. It’s such a warm and wonderful spice for baking. If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura via email (thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com) and she will get you added to our Facebook group where discuss our cookies and share links.
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Buttery Ginger Shortbread Cookies by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Chewy Ginger Cookies by Anshie at Spiceroots
- Chocolate-Ginger Chewies by Laura at Baking in Pyjamas
- Favourite Gingerbread Cookies by Sarah at What Smells So Good?
- Ginger Chocolate Ninja Cookies by Kim at NinjaBaker.com
- Ginger Curry Sugar Cookies by Laura at The Spiced Life
- Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookies by Sophie at Sweet Cinnamon & Honey
- Ginger Molasses Cutout Cookies by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Ginger Sour Cream Cookies by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
- Oat, Orange and Ginger Crisps by Jill at Made With Love
- Orange Ginger Cookies by Shilpi at Indian Curries/Stew
- Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies) by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Refrigerator Ginger Cookies by Tanya at DessertStalking Blog
- Séches aux Gingembre by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Vegan Ginger Cookies with Cardamom by Heather at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks