Monthly Archives: January 2014

Soft, All-Butter Molasses Cookies

molasses cookies

So, here’s another cute, crave-able cookie. I’ve been on the lookout for a soft, chewy molasses cookie that doesn’t use shortening. It’s harder than you think, since a soft, chewy texture is usually achieved by adding shortening to cookie dough! But, given the choice, if I’m the one doing the baking, I’d much rather bake with butter.

molasses cookies

Truth be told, these cookies may be soft, but they don’t quite have the chewy, ultra-moist texture I was hoping for. For that, I may have to break down and buy some shortening… But they do have their own unique, buttery flavor and a tender texture that I find irresistible. Continue reading

Walnut-Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies

walnut cookie

Mmm, cookies… I can’t get enough cookies lately. And I’m not going to call it a “pregnancy craving” because, truth be told, I always have and probably always will crave cookies. But now, at 36 weeks and 3 days pregnant, the combination of mild sleep deprivation, growing discomfort and anxious waiting (Is that a contraction!?) has rendered my willpower to resist any sweet completely non-existent. And happily, cookies and milk make everything in life seem a little more manageable; just a tad more enjoyable.

walnut cookies

But, so I don’t go too overboard, I made up one simple cookie rule: No eating cookies unless I bake them myself. It’s fair enough, really… If I can muster the energy to mix up a batch of my own cookies and scrub the dishes afterwards (plus take a few blog-worthy pics as I polish my photography skills for soon-to-come baby), then I deserve a treat.

These plain little beauties don’t look like much, but let me tell you, they’re completely and utterly irresistible. They’re not gooey or chocolaty or overly sweet… They’re tender and toasty – pure comfort. And their diminutive size means you can eat more than one (which feels super indulgent) without really overdoing it. Best of all, they’re one of the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. Really. Just a few ingredients combine to make some serious cookie magic. Take it from the pregnant lady. Continue reading