Do you ever fixate on a random ingredient?
Something about molasses just seems so Little House in the Big Woods to me.
(That’s right, In the Big Woods-there’s no molasses on the prairie friends)
(Last year there was a job teaching at a one room school house in Eastern Oregon, several hours from much of anything. I kept telling the husband-who was at the time my boyfriend-that we could go “be little house n the prairie!” He said no. Dream killer. I should try for being Little House in the Big Woods instead.)
I bought a bottle, and then realized I had to make something with it.
No butter = no mixer needed. Score. Wooden Spoon = even more Little House.
I changed it a bit, because I can’t leave well enough alone. Also because I lacked crystalized ginger. I’m pretty sure Laura wouldn’t mind.
Flour (white and WW pastry), spices
Mix mix mix
If you measure oil then the molasses, it doesn’t stick as much. Life lessons.
Then you mix up the oil, molasses, sugar and egg into something that looks a lot like tar
Tar meets the dry ingredients
And they become friends
The batter was a little weird looking to me when I put it on a cookie sheet
But they came out all lovely and pretty
Personally, I like these best warm out of the microwave in front of my electric fireplace
You know, just like Laura would’ve done.
Little House Molasses Cookies
Adapted from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking
- 1 c each white and whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 t baking soda
- dash of salt
- 2 t pumpkin pie spice
- 2 t ground ginger
- 3/4 c oil
- 1/2 c molasses
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 egg
Heat oven to 350. Mix together the flours, spices, soda, and salt. In a second bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Add the dry to the wet, and stir until thoroughly mixed. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake about 11 minutes. They’ll be soft, so wait a few minutes to transfer from the baking sheet to the cooling rack. These are extra yummy warm.
Who else had a pioneer obsession when they were little? Is there anything else I can make (besides a lifetime supply of gingerbread and cookies) with molasses?