Tuesdays with Dorie: Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies

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Remember the small, individually wrapped gingersnaps the airlines used to serve with coffee?  They were rectangular shaped, thin and crispy.  I love those little cookies.

So, I was excited about making Dorie’s molasses cookies.  However, my first attempt was not pretty (see below).  They spread out thin–very thin and the color was streaky. Could have/should have rolled them for some sort of fancy dessert while they were still warm.

Since we can post out of order this month, I saw several posts from other bloggers who loved these cookies. Figured I did something wrong, so decided to try again.  With apologies to Dorie, I  added an additional third cup of flour to the dough.  The result was more cake-like with a crackly top.  The peppery, robust flavor combined with the sugary exterior make an outstanding fall cookie with much more character than those little airline cookies.

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Tried  flattening some of the cookies  to 1/4 inch thickness to see if they would be thin and crispy.  Sure enough, they were thin, but not crispy.  Perfect for ice cream sandwiches using coffee ice cream (Dorie’s suggestion). Nevermind the wrinkly ice cream.  Have yet to discover the trick for making the ice cream smooth and pretty between the cookies. Although a tad rich, they disappeared from my freezer in a flash. Should have hidden them better, if you know what I mean.

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Also tried crumbling a cookie on top of my pumpkin flavored nonfat Greek yogurt.  Talk about a marriage made in culinary heaven!

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The recipe is available at Cookies with Boys or buy Dorie’s book, Baking, From My Home to Yours.

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Margot November 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Both tries of the cookies look wonderful (especially the ice cream sandwiches), I’m sorry the dough gave you so much trouble. There was a lot of anticipation with these, wasn’t there? I saw so many rave reviews I was predisposed to thinking they would be the best cookie ever.


mike November 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

WOW!!! I missed that additional 1/3 cup addition. I LOVE how yours turned out – mine were somewhat flat… a LOT flat. These look perfect – I’m going to make another “peppery” batch with this addition. So glad you experimented and love what came out of the oven!


Michelle November 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

They look so good. I love the ice cream in the middle the best! I dipped mine in white chocolate and love them!


Katrina November 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

Ooh, see I like the thicker cookies you got. I”ll have to add a little extra flour next time because I don’t like them quite so flat either. Beautiful!


Jill November 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I love those airline cookies! Mine were very thin and crispy and tasty. Your ice cream sandwiches look delicious, and love the idea of crumbling them onto yogurt.


Sis November 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I will vouch for the ice cream sandwich. Delicious!


Sis November 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I enjoy you selections for the “Inspiration” box – especially like the one today.


Cakelaw November 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I love the icecream sandwiches ands the yoghurt crumble!


Jules November 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

Those all look so delicious! We loved these at my house.


chocolatechic November 17, 2009 at 10:02 am

OH. Your cookies look gorgeous.

We just loved them.

I made the bundt cake this week.


Karen (Shortbread) November 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

How nice to know that you can add extra flour to these and they will come out thicker, but still tasty. The yogurt sounds yummy, too, and I love your photo with the pear.


Nina November 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

Your cookies look so delicious!! (Both batches!) Good to know about the extra cup of flour. They sure were a hit in our house. Sounds like the perfect topping for the greek yogurt (which, btw- looks phenomenal!)


Karen November 17, 2009 at 8:31 am

These look so delicious even without the ice cream. I bet they would go perfectly with a cup of tea.


Jessica November 17, 2009 at 8:21 am

Honestly, both of your cookie attempts look delicious to me! I love the nice crackles you got on the top of your second batch though. Oh, and the crumbled cookies on top of pumpkin Greek yogurt sounds nothing short of phenomenal!


pamela November 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one!! I forgot to mention that the color on my first batch was really streaky, too. These cookies turned out gorgeous. Love the crackled top and the coffee ice cream sounds wonderful. I saw Dorie’s note on that, but ran outta time. Thanks for baking with me!


amanda November 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

Beautiful shots! I did the cookies last week and they were a huge hit here 😉

To answer your question from my blog, wasn’t sure if you had subscribed to the comments: I use labels on my posts. I just used the link to the “Tuesdays with Dorie” label 🙂


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