My family is obsessed with gingerbread - they all love it.
They eat it up - gone in no time flat.
I have a couple of molasses-y gingerbread-y recipes
in my arsenal but wanted to change it up a bit...
...Well, my favorite cookie is the peanut butter one with the Hershey Kiss in the middle (it, alone may have been responsible for 20 lbs during my first pregnancy)...so it dawned on me..."A gingerbread-y cookie with a Hershey Kiss would be D-E-L-I-G-H-T-F-U-L (and dangerous)"
I tried this with two different recipes.
Because while we agree on some things we do not agree on everything.
We (me and the kids) like whole wheat flour and crispier cookies.
Hubby like big thick cookies.
The first recipe is a version of the Molasses Flats I posted way back when.
I have added some holiday spices and converted it a bit.
The second recipe is the cookie hubby LOVES.
He thinks this cookie recipe is awesome (and it is not mine).
That link to that recipe follows this recipe.
GINGERBREAD KISS COOKIES
This recipe gives you a thin crispy cookie. See the end of the recipe for a link to a cookie recipe to give you a thicker fuller cookie.
Preheat oven to 350F
Makes about 2 dozen
- 1 1/2 Cups (Hodgson Mill) Whole Wheat Flour (the original recipe calls for teft flour and gluten free flour - so modification for dietary issues can be made)
- NOTE: You may use all purpose flour. My hubby prefers the all purpose flour.
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves*
- NOTE: the amount of spices can be increased or decreased based on personal taste
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 1 stick of organic butter, softened
- 1/3 cup Molasses
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 24 unwrapped Hershey Kiss Candies
- 2 Tablespoons of sugar
- Combine the dry ingredients.
- Mix the wet ingredients.
- Add the dry mix to the wet mix slowly, and make it is well combined.
- Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Roll teaspoons of batter into balls.
- OPTIONAL: you can roll the balls in sugar if you want - I do not.
- Place balls onto a cookie sheet, lined with parchment, about 3" apart - be sure they have space. These cookies are flat and crispy and they spread when they cook.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes (depending on your oven check around the 13 minutes mark - these cookies are thin)
- Remove from oven and let cool for just a bit, then place one Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie.
- Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
The OTHER Cookie
The other recipe that works really well is called Valentine's Ginger Crinkles and belongs to Simple as That Blog. This recipe is AMAZING - so go check it out - there is no point in me reinventing the wheel here!
What's your favorite holiday cookie????