That’s right folks, these are not your typical holiday molasses cookie. I know that this is a pretty popular cookie, molasses or ginger snap for this time of year, but that does not mean that it has to be completely traditional. These white chocolate molasses cookies are actually an adapted recipe from my dad’s side of the family and is over 150 years old! I’ve been holding onto this recipe since I got it from my aunt last year just so that I could share it at the right time of year with all of you. Which is why I jumped at teaming up with the Ohio Poultry Association to bring you a fun “Take a Bite of My State Cookie EGGS-change” where we all are chatting about our state’s cookie.
This cookie recipe actually spent a little time in Utah and since Utah is huge, and I mean HUGE about the holidays, neighbor treats and goodies and spreading the Holiday cheer I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to tell you all about this bomb diggity cookie that I made even better. Our family has always and will always be about the holiday treats. And make sure you check out the cookies from the exchange, there’s Aimee from Shugary Sweets, Tanya from Lemons for Lulu who brought Buckeye Brownie Cookies, Megan from Country Cleaver, Laurie of Simply Scratch, and Julianne of Beyond Frosting with Maple Sugar Cookies.
And I know everyone is, but for us it’s actually more about giving them away. My mom would slave away in the kitchen baking the holiday recipes that had been passed down through the generations like this one just so we could deliver them to neighbors and families that my parents would find who were in need. Often the treats to those families included a little extra cash, gifts or toys for the kids.
In fact, sometimes my dad would even dress up as Santa so that the families wouldn’t know who he was when he dropped off the goodies. This cookie recipe is one we can use to pass on the same tradition which means that I feel like I should to as my mom did and teach my children. It’s hard sometimes. Some of the cookie dough got so squished and squashed that the white chocolate was sticking out everywhere and it looked like quite the mess but I’m so grateful for the memory of helping a 3 year old discover the magic of cookies.
And since this is the time of year that I get gobs and gobs of cooking and baking emails I thought that I would share a few tips from the Ohio Poultry Association:
· Eggs are one of the most important, indispensable ingredients in baking during the holidays, and all year long! Eggs add moisture, color, flavor, and nutritional value to cookie recipes.
· Egg yolks can increase richness, tenderness, flavor, and color in homemade cookies, and they can also extend shelf life by delaying the staling process. The egg white provides strength and stability, and it adds moisture.
· Eggs are a holiday staple: In fact, more eggs are consumed during the winter holiday season than any other time of the year, including Easter.
White Chocolate Molasses Cookies
- ¾ cup shortening or lard
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup molasses
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1¼ teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- white chocolate baking melts found by the chocolate chips or in kitchen stores like Orson Gygi SEE NOTE*
- Sugar for rolling the dough
- In a standing mixer add the shortening and sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg and molasses and beat again until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, seasonings, salt and baking soda. Turn the mixer back on and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well and cover tightly with saran wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
- Using heaping tablespoons, flatten a little dough in your hand and place two baking melts in the dough. Roll the dough around the chocolate and roll in the sugar. Place on a baking sheet and either wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake or bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!