The evening was spent telling stories of selflessness, walking the neighborhood with candlelit paper lanterns in the chill of early winter. Warming the hearts of others with paper packages of glittering cookies and a smile, in turn warming our own hearts. The warmth of winter is love.
apple molasses cookies
makes 6 dozen
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup molasses
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup spelt or rye flour*
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour*
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
hearty pinches of allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom
2-4 Tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger (optional but so good)
1/3 cup sugar
1 packet apple cider mix
Cream the butter and sugars together until well combined. Add applesauce, molasses, eggs (one at a time), and vanilla.
Combine and sift the dry ingredients twice -flours, baking soda, spices, salt, and baking powder. Add the chopped ginger and assure they don’t clump together.
Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined, do not over mix.
Refrigerate dough for a couple hours until chilled.
Mix sugar and apple cider packet together in a small bowl, set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Shape dough into Tablespoon size balls, roll in apple cider sugar, bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
* the spelt and rye can both be substituted by unbleached all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour equally.