Thursday, June 27, 2013

{Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies}

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Growing up, Sundays were a special day. We would go to church and come home and spend time as a family. Once a month, this meant getting together with my aunts and uncles and cousins and having a fantastic dinner with a delicious dessert, but the other 3 weeks out of the month it was just my parents, my 3 brothers, and me. My mom would always  bake some sort dessert. She always made it from scratch, and usually without a recipe. Yep, my mom is gifted like that. She can just throw ingredients together, and it will come out to be a gourmet meal. No recipe needed. 

While enjoying our dessert, we would have great family discussions. We would talk about what we learned about in church, talk about our week and what we did, and one time we even discussed what makes a swear word a swear word. Yes, we had some deep discussions! Often times, we would have neighborhood kids stop by for the treats and to chat with us. It was always a lot of fun, and they are some of my most precious memories.



When I got married, my husband soon discovered our Sunday night treasures. Since he is the only in-law on my side (none of my brothers are married) she wanted to make sure he was spoiled rotten, and soon discovered what treats he liked. She would then make them to entice us over... and it worked like a charm.

For the past 2 years, we have lived far away from both of our families, and have sorely missed Sunday night dinners and treats. Yes, we Skype with both of our families, but it's just not the same. So, we have started baking our own treats each Sunday. Without fail, around 6 p.m., my husband starts to scour the internet for a delicious treat that we can bake. He does most of the baking, and enlists the help of our 2 girls while the baby and I sit on the couch and rest.

This past week, we decided to make some Peanut Butter Molasses cookies. We both love peanut butter and molasses cookies, so when we found a recipe that called for both, we knew that it was meant to be our Sunday treat! We made a couple of batches, one rolled in sugar, and one not rolled in sugar... and I'll just save you some headache and tell you to ALWAYS go with extra sugar. It just completes your cookie!




What I loved most about these cookies was how chewy they were. Mmmm how I love me a chewy cookie!
Biting into one, I didn't know what to expect, but you can taste a hint of peanut butter mixed with the spice of molasses. It was like a match made in cookie heaven.

Go ahead... make a batch and try them for yourself!

Happy Baking!
Claudia

{Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies}
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup white sugar (for rolling your cookies in... do not skip this!)

Directions
*Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
*In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, peanut butter, molasses, and egg.
*In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add this to the brown sugar/peanut butter mixture.
* Shape some dough (about a tablespoonful) into a ball and roll it around in the sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. When the sheet is all full, put it in the oven and bake for about 9-10 minutes.
*Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool down!

You may enjoy a glass of cold milk with these cookies. It's not required, but highly recommended. :)


2 comments:

  1. I am intrigued by this recipe! Molasses cookies are one of my husbands favorite cookies so I am excited to give the addition of peanut butter a try! Pinning for sure!

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    1. I hope it turns out for you!! Good luck!

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