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America’s Test Kitchen: If you’re looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe, this is the one you should try

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Our ideal molasses cookie recipe would produce a charmingly crackled and crinkled cookie with an uncommonly moist, chewy interior and a spicy flavor with undertones of dark, bittersweet molasses. To make this molasses cookie recipe a reality, we started with all-purpose flour and used butter rather than shortening for full, rich flavor. The precise right amounts of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and spices gave us the flavor we wanted. Taking the cookies out of the oven when they looked underdone gave our molasses cookies the chewiness we required.

Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Makes about 22 cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar (about 2 1/2 ounces; 71 grams), plus 1/2 cup for dipping

2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (11 1/4 ounces; 319 grams)

1 teaspoon baking soda


1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


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