So, you all who have been reading my blog for a while know that my favorite cookies in the world are my grandma’s molasses cookies. Oh, those cookies. Simple but purely perfect with a sweet molasses taste and just the right amount of sugar coating. They remind me of being a kid running around my grandparents’ Vermont farm, and from what I have heard from all the sweet comments on this post, they create the same sweet memories for a lot of folks.
Yes, this is me in my leopard print bathing suit at the brook on the farm. Now there is pretty much nothing I haven’t told you about myself. Sharing one’s history with leopard print bathing suits is a true sign of devotion.
Anyway…all cookies I make are therefore judged against the gold standard of those molasses cookies, and while nothing ever equals them, these cinnamon babies come dang close. They are the same general concept…simple sugar cookies that are rolled into a ball shape, rolled in cinnamon sugar, flattened with the bottom of a glass and then baked. They come out with a homey slightly cracked surface that will zap you right back to being 4 years old with your grandma’s warm cookies into your hands…one for each hand, she always said.
A couple of words about this recipe. When you finish mixing up the dough it’s going to look like a bunch of crumbs…don’t worry! You’re going to scoop in up in tablespoon amounts and squish and roll it into round balls of dough. If you play some James Taylor in the background, this is almost therapeutic. Then roll them in cinnamon sugar, flatten them a little, bake and cool, and make SURE you eat one while they are still warm. Maybe two. One for each hand.
Then call your grandma and tell her you love her. I sure do love mine.