Our natural molasses cookie recipe offers a healthy dessert option, using lots of nutritious ingredients, considering it’s a dessert! And what an aroma throughout your kitchen and home — really spicy! These are especially fun to make in rainy or cold weather. Use it as a project, or serve them with your other senior activities.
I remember my grandma used to take a spoonful of blackstrap molasses for iron, and also sometimes to help suppress a cough – a popular tradition from our elderly generation. NOTE: For those with sugar restrictions — molasses is indeed high in iron, but also carbs, as it does have sugar content, although more natural.
It’s also very high in Vitamin B6, as well as Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, and Selenium, all of which are important for elderly nutrition.Pretty healthy for a sweetener, all in all. Plus – the rich flavor!
Molasses Cookie Recipe
First, mix together:
3/4 cup black strap molasses
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter, margarine, or alternative
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
….(Heat these in a mixing bowl or pan over very hot water until the butter is melted)
Mix together in a separate bowl:
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
…After mixing, stir it into the first set of ingredients
Chill the dough. Grease a cookie sheet. Then roll out about ¼ inch thick. Cut with a 2 inch cookie cutter. Or just drop them on the cookie sheet and flatten with a glass or fork (which should be dipped in flour to avoid sticking).
Bake 375 F degrees for about 10 minutes, depending on your oven. Makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen, 2-inch cookies. Store these in an air-tight container. This will keep them soft and improve the flavor. This molasses cookie recipe also freezes well.
Other uses — Molasses cookies are one of my favorite. I’ve even used them (or ginger snaps) in making a pie crust, instead of the traditional graham crackers. They can also be crumbled over ice cream and even added into granola.
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