November 23, 2012

Molasses Sugar Cookies

I don't know what it is about fall that makes me crave those wonderfully aromatic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Even the colors are beautiful to me.  They seem to match the hue of the trees.  So when my little guy wanted to bake something with me the other day, I thought these cookies would be perfect!  He had a great time making them and they were so incredibly good we had to bag up a few to share with friends.

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
granulated sugar for coating

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly spray two baking sheets with cooking spray.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and light brown sugar.  Beat in molasses and egg.  Fold in the yogurt. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon.  Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture until well combined.  Place a small amount of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in sugar to coat.  (Or, use a small cookie scoop to drop balls into sugar.)  Place cookies 2-inches apart on baking sheets.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Makes about 4 dozen.

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