Six Favourite Soft Molasses Cookies

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When I think of comfort food and cookies it’s soft molasses cookies that come to mind. Here are six of our favourites.

favourite soft molasses cookie recipes

I haven’t a clue why soft molasses cookies feel cozier than chewy or crispy cookies. Could it be that they’re more old-fashioned? A few of the recipes below are the oldest on our website.

If you’re in search of the best soft molasses cookie recipe I bet you’ll find it on my list. The six recipes that I’m sharing below are family favourites in many households and the best soft molasses cookie recipes on  this site. 

Do you have a favourite among them? Share it in the comments below.

6 Favourite Soft Molasses Cookies Recipes

 

 

Bear Paws:

Tis recipe can also be made as a simple drop cookie if you don’t want to go through the process of shaping the toes.

Bear Paws | Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

Cape Breton Molasses Biscuits

This is an in-between cookie – half soft molasses cookie and half molasses biscuit or Lassy Bun. They’re lovely for nibbling and go well with soup too.

Cape Breton Molasses Biscuits: an old fashioned, not-too-sweet, thick-cut molasses cookie.

 

Katie’s Fat Molasses Cookies

This is a favourite recipe, contributed by a reader. Her beautiful story about these cookies is included with the recipe.

Katie's fat molasses cookies, an old fashioned soft molasses cookie

Ila’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Ila was my grandmother and this is her recipe. They’re like gingerbread cake, in cookie form.

Ila's soft molasses cookies

Moose Hunters – Fat Archies – Pubnico Cookies

These old-time cookies go by many names. Not to sweet, firm but not crispy, these cookies travel well.

Pubnico Soft Molasses Cookies: Soft but sturdy molasses cookies

Aunt Marcia’s Soft Molasses Cookies

This recipe is from my husband’s Aunt Marcia. On our visits to my husband’s family in Northern New Brunswick she always sent us home with a big bag of these cookies, and a dozen of her oatmeal date cookies.

Aunt Marcia's soft molasses Cookies

One soft molasses cookie recipe that I haven’t yet tried is Lassy Mogs, a soft molasses cookie with raisins and nuts. The recipe I’ll try first is this one on the website Rock Recipes.

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6 favourite soft molasses cookies

Mom’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

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Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash they’re much simpler than the marshmallow version, and more substantial.

Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash

When I was growing up, Rice Krispie squares were always made with peanut butter. I’m sure I had the regular marshmallow variety too but this recipe for peanut butter rice krispie squares was in regular rotation.

It’s a simple recipe: sugar, syrup, peanut butter and crispy rice cereal. Mom usually frosted them with a thin layer melted chocolate chips to dress them up.

Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash

Above is mom’s original recipe. This week she substituted molasses for the corn syrup – an easy substitution that adds so much flavour. Peanut butter and molasses are an epic flavour combination. In fact, we have an entire section on this site devoted to recipes that make the most of peanut butter and molasses.

Easy to avoid corn syrup

If you’re trying to avoid corn syrup, molasses is an easy substitution. In this recipe you can substitute molasses for the full amount of corn syrup or you can use half molasses, half maple syrup** or honey. Using half molasses, half corn syrup is another option.

Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash

These squares travel well

This recipe makes sturdy squares that are very chewy. They are very rich as well  so I suggest you cut them into small squares.

These are gluten-free when made with GF crisp rice cereal. Many brands are made with barley malt syrup, which is not gluten free. Be sure to read the ingredient list.

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Mom’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 squares 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal*
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9″ x 9″ pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large pot bring sugar and molasses to the boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add rice cereal and stir to combine.
  6. Pack into prepared pan.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and spread on top (if using).
  8. Cool before cutting.

Notes

*To make these gluten free be sure to use GF crisp rice cereal.

Variation: Substitute honey or maple syrup** for 1/2 cup of the molasses.

**Squares made with maple syrup will be drier, less chewy and a little brittle. 

Keywords: peanut butter squares; molasses squares; rice krispie squares

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The Ultimate Rice Custard Recipe

Servings: 6 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Cooking time: 50 minutes

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This classic rice custard recipe gets a little oomph from molasses.

The ultimate rice custard recipe with a silky custard top and sweet rice base.

In my world the ultimate rice custard recipe has a silky custard top and sweet rice base. It is not to be confused with rice pudding, a creamy cousin.

This is a slight variation of the rice custard recipe I grew up with. I add a little molasses and reduce the sugar. The end result is a lightly sweet custard that suits breakfast as much as dessert.

The ultimate rice custard recipe with a silky custard top and sweet rice base.

Mom would often make this custard for dessert when we had leftover rice from a previous meal. I always loved it, but used to pick around the raisins. These days I appreciate the raisins for their bright flavour and added texture to balance the rice. (I use Thompson raisins in this recipe.)

Recipe tips:

  • I use 1% milk in my custard but you could use whole milk for a richer flavour and texture. As well, I always use leftover basmati rice. Brown rice is good too. 
  • As for cooking time, you want to cook it long enough that the custard is set but you don’t want the custard to lose it’s silky texture. You’ll know it’s done when the centre is set but still jiggles slightly. Insert a knife in the centre. The custard is ready when the knife comes out clean.

Do you prefer puddings? Try our Gingerbread Pudding recipe or our Sticky Toffee Pudding

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The Ultimate Rice Custard Recipe

This is a classic old-time rice custard recipe with a silky custard sitting atop sweet rice and raisins. A little molasses adds lovely flavour.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

1 ½ cups cooked rice

1/3 cup raisins

2 cups milk

4 large eggs, beaten

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasse

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F

Spread cooked rice in the bottom of the dish and sprinkle over the raisins (breaking up any clumps).

Whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, molasses, vanilla and nutmeg

Gently pour over the rice.

Bake, uncovered, 45-55 minutes, until the centre is set and a knife comes out clean when inserted in the centre. 

Serve warm or cold

 

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Our 4 Best Molasses Baked Beans Recipes

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

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Molasses baked beans make the most versatile comfort food. Enjoy them as a hearty weekend meal, with sausage and brown bread, serve them alongside fried eggs for breakfast, or enjoy a bowl at lunchtime on a slushy February day.

4 best molasses baked beans recipes

Baked beans recipes to suit everyone’s schedule:

Baked beans, molasses baked beans, Boston baked beans…they’re all the same sort of thing in my old cookbooks.

Traditional baked beans take a day to make. Put the beans on to soak before bed, parboil them in the morning and then bake them in the oven for six hours or so. It you’re puttering at home all day this recipe is actually more convenient than it may sound. Plus it helps to keep the kitchen cozy.

This old fashioned method is still my favourite when it comes to getting just the texture I want with my beans.

Fortunately baked beans don’t have to be an all-day affair. The instant pot and crock pot recipes below offer alternatives for those who don’t have the time or inclination to make them the traditional way.

Here are our four best molasses baked beans recipes,

4 Best Molasses Baked Beans Recipes

Molasses Baked Beans with Sass

This is a slight variation of the recipe I grew up with. It’s a classic and so flavourful that it’s is always my go-to recipe. Molasses baked beans

Apple Sage Baked Beans

I developed this recipe one fall day when I had heaps of sage in the garden that needed to be used. I had started putting an apple in my standard baked beans recipe and it made sense to pair an apple with sage too, and lots of pepper.

Apple Sage Baked Beans: A classic recipe for molasses baked beans seasoned with savoury sage and tart apples.

Instant Pot Baked Beans

If you love baked beans then an electric pressure cooker is your friend! It removes the need to soak your beans overnight and reduces the overall cooking time by hours.

Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe: authentic baked beans flavour and texture in no time at all.

Baked Beans with Sausage

This is another recipe that removes the need to soak beans overnight – It’s made with plain canned beans. Baked in a slow cooker the beans develop wonderful flavour. The sausage makes it an updated version of beans and wieners.

Slow cooker baked beans with sausage: an easy one-pot meal for a winter day. Choose your favourite type of sausage for this recipe (pork, chicken, turkey).

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8 Easy Oatmeal Muffin Recipes You’ll Love

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Oatmeal muffins are healthy and filling. Below you’ll find eight oatmeal muffin recipes that showcase all sorts of ways that rolled oats can make muffins better.

8 healthy oatmeal muffin recipes

Loads of muffins recipes with rolled oats…

I received an email the other day from a reader in search of oatmeal muffin recipes. She asked if I could add more recipes and I thought to myself, hmmm, we have loads of recipes that include rolled oats.

The problem, I realized, is that I don’t call them all oatmeal muffins. They go by all sorts of names. So in that way they have often been hidden from everyone.

Oats are extra healthy…

There are all sorts of reasons to eat oatmeal. Aside from the fact that it gives baked goods terrific texture, and is nice and filling, oats are very healthy too. If you’re interested, here is a list of health benefits of eating oats.

If you’re partial to oatmeal muffins of all sorts, here is our offering. You might also like to know that some of them are refined sugar-free too.

This selection includes oatmeal muffins with pumpkin, carrot, blueberry, banana, apple and more.

 

8 Oatmeal Muffin Recipes

 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins

Quick & easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal muffins are made with pantry basics. They help you conserve hard-to-come-by ingredients by combing rolled oats with flour and replace butter with peanut butter.

Maple Molasses Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are like a bowl of porridge for people on the go. Made with a combination of rolled oats and whole wheat flour they’re wholesome, filling and are just the right kind of sweet for a healthy snack. Refined sugar free

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

pumpkin oat molasses muffins are refined sugar-free

Quick & Easy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Quick and easy blueberry oat muffins are wholesome and satisfying

Wholesome Banana Oat Muffins

banana oatmeal muffins

Blueberry Carrot Muffins 

Multi Grain Blueberry Carrot Muffins are wholesome and delicious, stuffed with all sorts of nourishing things.

Low Fat Healthy Apple Chai Muffins

low fat and healthy apple chai muffins

Healthy Kitchen Sink Muffins

healthy kitchen sink muffins

 

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12 Best Bread Recipes in a Free e-Book

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This free e-book includes 12 of our best bread recipes. It features a combination of yeast breads (like the East Coast favourite molasses brown bread), and quick breads leavened with baking soda, including Irish soda bread, cornbread and more.

12 best bread recipes in a free e-book

 

Download the free Bread Baking e-Book here

We have a terrific collection of free e-books on our site. Find them all here

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Top 10 Molasses Recipes of the Year: 2020 Edition

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Have you tried any of the top 10 molasses recipes of the year: 2020 edition? Take a look! From bran muffins to baked beans, brown bread and more, these are reader’s favourite recipes of the year.

Top 10 molasses recipes of 2020

Classic molasses recipes never go out of style.

In a year when so many people were cooking and baking way more than usual, I was curious to see if COVID changed the kinds of recipes that you gravitated to most.

Turns out, not so much! For the most part, our top 10 molasses recipes of the year (calculated by most-viewed blog posts) were consistent with your favourites from past years. I guess classic molasses recipes never go out of style.

In 2020, comfort food became more important than ever. The fact that molasses recipes were among those you searched for so often made my heart sing. Molasses is sure comfort food for me and for many of you, too.

I also loved knowing that you find the compilation posts appealing and practical. There are three on the list below. I create these kinds of posts to make it easier for you to find more of our recipes, since there are now hundreds on this site.

And finally, thoughts of this year’s number one recipe take me right back to my childhood, and happy times around the dining table. I can’t tell you how excited my kids were when the recipe resurfaced to post on this blog. :)

What are some of your favourite recipes of 2020?

Top 10 Molasses Recipes of the Year: 2020

10. Giant Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies

9. Sarah’s Molasses Brown Bread

oatmeal molasses brown bread - an easy recipe for beginners

8. 10 Healthy Side Dishes for Summer

healthy side dishes for summer

7. Chewy Hermit Bars

Chewy hermit bars are a classic molasses cookie recipe - nicely spiced with a wholesome texture.

6. Instant Pot Molasses Baked Beans

Instant Pot molasses Baked Beans recipe: authentic baked beans flavour and texture in no time at all.

5. Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies

Bakery style molasses cookies are the easiest cookie recipe ever. You mix everything in a single pot and the dough requires no chilling. These gorgeous crinkle cookies travel well so make great lunch box cookies. And it's the perfect recipe for kids to bake in their own.

4. 6-Week Refrigerator Bran Muffins

six week refrigerator bran muffin recipe

3. Best Rhubarb Recipes

11 rhubarb recipes

2. 10 Easy Appetizers

10 easy appetizers

THE TOP RECIPE OF THE YEAR!

  1. Oven-Baked Spareribs

easy oven-baked spare ribs

I post the top 10 molasses recipes of the year each January. Take a look at some of our past winners…

Past winners:

Top 10 Recipes of 2019

Top 12 Recipes of 2018

And…

Top 10 Recipes of 2017

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7 Easy Holiday Appetizers for Small Gatherings

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These simple and satisfying holiday appetizers suit small gatherings. They’re great for December (including New Year’s Eve) and are just right for get-togethers anytime of the year. 

7 Easy Holiday Appetizers for Small Gatherings

If you’re in search of easy holiday appetizers for your next gathering here are some of our favourites. These are recipes that I have made often in my home and they’re always popular. They’re versatile too since all can be served as, or with, a main meal. The sauces and marinades can be used with a variety of protein. Vegetarian option included!

Easy Holiday Appetizers

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

This recipe can be made with turkey, chicken, beef or pork. The sauce is quick to mix up and is great on store-bought meatballs too.

Easy holiday appetizer: Sweet and sour turkey meatballs make great party food but can also be enjoyed as a main dish meal. The delicious sauce comes together quickly and suits all sorts of meatballs, including beef and pork.

Sweet Potato Wedges (with homemade ketchup)

These wedges are tossed with spices and a little molasses. They can be served with any kind of dipping sauce but our homemade ketchup makes them extra special.

Easy holiday appetizer: This easy recipe for spicy molasses roasted sweet potatoes makes it easy to eat more vegetables. The marinade has some tang from the vinegar and bite from the mustard and hot sauce which balance the sweet of the potatoes.

Teriyaki Salmon

Food on a stick is always great for appetizers. The teriyaki sauce can also be used with other protein.

teriyaki salmon

Oven-Baked Ribs

Ribs make great finger food. This oven-baked version can be made ahead and reheated.

easy oven-baked spare ribs

Molasses Wings

Rum and molasses are the secret ingredients in this recipe.

Easy holiday appetizer: Molasses rum chicken wings

Sweet & Sour Drumsticks

This recipe is made with the same sauce as our ribs.

 sweet and sour drum sticks

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

This is an old family recipe that remains everyone’s favourite. Pass shrimp in a bowl with lots of toothpicks.

 Easy Cajun shrimp recipe

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The Lorenzo Sour Non-alcoholic Cocktail with Clementine & Lemon

Servings: 1 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

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A play on the classic Dark & Stormy, the Lorenzo Sour is a non-alcoholic cocktail with a ginger bite and citrusy tang. 

This refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail is a play on the classic Dark and Stormy. Using molasses and bitters to replicate dark rum aromatics and the season's favorite citrus, clementine’s. It's mild, sweet and bitter contrast is sure to suit the classiest of occasions. 

This refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail is a play on the classic Dark and Stormy. Using molasses and bitters to replicate dark rum aromatics and the season’s favorite citrus – clementine’s. It’s mild, sweet, and bitter contrast is sure to suit the classiest of occasions.

This recipe uses our Molasses Simple Syrup as a sweet & flavour base.

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The Lorenzo Sour Cocktail (non-alcoholic)

This refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail is a play on the classic Dark and Stormy. Using molasses and bitters to replicate dark rum aromatics and the season's favorite citrus, clementine’s. It's mild, sweet and bitter contrast is sure to suit the classiest of occasions. 

A play on the classic Dark & Stormy, with a ginger bite and citrusy tang.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • 4 Wedges of Clementine
  • ½ oz Fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz Fancy but simple syrup
  • 5 Dashes of Angostura Bitters (optional, *Does have an alcohol content)
  • 1 Bottle of ginger beer

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass, lightly muddle the Clementine wedges.
  2. Add fancy molasses syrup, fresh lemon juice, and bitters.
  3. Use a spoon and stir until the syrup is well incorporated.
  4. Fill glass with ice, top up with ginger beer to taste.
  5. Garnish with a clementine twist and serve.

This cocktail was created for us by Eric Scouten

Working as an industry professional for most of the last two decades, Eric has worked from fine dinning to the concrete floors of a brew house. Passionate about alcohol history and flavour profiling has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of Canada’s best chefs and mixologists. Eric has been mentioned in a number of publications including EnRoute and GQ magazine owing to his abilities behind the bar. In 2016 Eric was named one of the top 10 mixologists that are putting Canada on the map (Destination Canada Magazine, March 2016).

He is also an avid forager of wild foods and a loving father.

Eric Scouten mixologist

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The Crosby Grande Rum Cocktail with Citrus & Ginger

Servings: 1 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

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The Crosby Grande cocktail combines dark rum, ginger beer and orange liqueur with a custom simple syrup made with molasses. 

The Crosby Grande cocktail combines dark rum, ginger beer, and orange liqueur with a custom simple syrup made with molasses. 

Hints of Spice and rich molasses are the star of this refreshing holiday treat. It’s sure to tantalize your guests with full, rich flavours and light body. (Drink responsibly, they sneak up quick when they’re this smooth.)

Here’s a non-alcoholic option: The Lorenzo Sour, a play on the classic Dark & Stormy.

This recipe uses our Molasses Simple Syrup as a sweet & flavour base.

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The Crosby Grande Rum Cocktail

The Crosby Grande cocktail combines dark rum, ginger beer, and orange liqueur with a custom simple syrup made with molasses.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • 1 Lime wedge
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • ½ oz Fancy but simple syrup
  • ½ oz Orange Liqueur  – Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
  • 1 ½ oz Black/dark rum  (use your favorite, I like Goslings)
  • 1 Bottle of ginger beer

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass, place 1 lime wedge.
  2. Add fancy but simple syrup, orange liqueur, and rum.
  3. Use a spoon and stir until the syrup is well incorporated.
  4. Fill glass with ice, and top up with ginger beer to taste.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and serve!

This cocktail was created for us by Eric Scouten

Working as an industry professional for most of the last two decades, Eric has worked from fine dinning to the concrete floors of a brew house. Passionate about alcohol history and flavour profiling has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of Canada’s best chefs and mixologists. Eric has been mentioned in a number of publications including EnRoute and GQ magazine owing to his abilities behind the bar. In 2016 Eric was named one of the top 10 mixologists that are putting Canada on the map (Destination Canada Magazine, March 2016).

He is also an avid forager of wild foods and a loving father.

Eric Scouten mixologist

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Molasses Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails

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 This rich and lightly spiced molasses simple syrup will add complexity and style to many of your favorite cocktails.

Molasses simple syrup cocktail mix

Eric, the creator of this recipe, calls it “fancy but simple syrup” because it makes use of fancy molasses in place of white sugar usually called for in a simple syrup. The standard simple syrup is sweet but flavourless. Using molasses as the sugar base elevates this simple syrup to a whole new level, making it the ideal companion in all sorts of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

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Molasses Simple Syrup – Cocktail mix

This rich and lightly spiced syrup will add complexity and style to many of your favorite cocktails.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup of Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 allspice berries

Instructions

  1. Lightly crush spices before putting all ingredients into a sauce pan.
  2. Warm over low-to-medium heat and stir until molasses is fully dissolved in the water.
  3. Allow a minimum of 10 minutes on the stove before removing from heat.
  4. Let syrup cool.
  5. Use a mesh strainer to remove spices.

**Note** Do not boil. Allow mixture to fully cool to room temperature before straining, refrigerating, or using.

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**Note** Do not boil. Allow mixture to fully cool to room temperature before straining, refrigerating, or using.

This cocktail mix was created for us by Eric Scouten

Working as an industry professional for most of the last two decades, Eric has worked from fine dinning to the concrete floors of a brew house. Passionate about alcohol history and flavour profiling has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of Canada’s best chefs and mixologists. Eric has been mentioned in a number of publications including EnRoute and GQ magazine owing to his abilities behind the bar. In 2016 Eric was named one of the top 10 mixologists that are putting Canada on the map (Destination Canada Magazine, March 2016).

He is also an avid forager of wild foods and a loving father.

Eric Scouten mixologist

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Free Holiday Baking e-Book: 17 Festive Recipes

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In our updated Holiday Baking e-Book you’ll find old and new favourites. There are 17 festive recipes in total, all filled with the familiar scents and flavours of the season.The Holiday e-Book: 17 festive recipes in a free e-book

Get The Holiday Baking Book here

I love the idea that you can conjure the feeling of Christmas in your kitchen and that, no matter where you are over the Holidays, you can always recreate the familiar tastes and smells of the season.

We hope that our updated Holiday e-book inspires you to bake some memories this year and fill your home with the sparkle and cheer of a festive December.

Looking for a short list of treats to bake? You’ll love our top 6 Fail Proof Holiday Cookie Recipes :) 

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7 Festive Recipes to get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Cover all of your holiday baking basics with these seven festive recipes. Here you’ll find some of our best cookie recipes, gingerbread cakes, low cal treats, candied nuts and more…

7 festive recipes to get you in the holiday spirit

Here are our seven favourite festive recipes that we’re featuring this year. These are tried-and-true recipes that have been readers’ favourites for years. And we have two new recipes — my new favourites (adaptations of other popular recipes on this site).

Bridget’s new favourites:

Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

I can’t get enough of ginger, especially this time of year. And the scent of gingerbread anything baking makes my home feel like the best place in the world. Out of this came a new version of Ginger Shortbread. My new version has a more buttery texture and loads of gingerbread flavour.

Spicy Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Ginger molasses crinkle cookies have that perfect texture that's not too soft and not too chewy.

This is an adaptation of my grandmother’s recipe for crinkle cookies. I added extra ginger and a bit more flour to keep them from being too soft. These cookies travel well so a great for gifting.

Tried-and-True favourites:

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

This is the gingerbread cake I grew up with and remains my favourite. Serve it with whipped cream, or Caramel Sauce (a true butterscotch, really) or both…

old fashioned gingerbread cake

Sparkly Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Think of your favourite ginger cookie, with a little chocolate added. Even more delicious, and extra pretty, when dipped in melted chocolate. Great for gifting.

Sparkly Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Icing

This old time sour cream gingerbread cake gets a different look when baked in a loaf pan. Great texture and easy to package up if you want to send it off someplace. A top coat of cream cheese icing makes it extra festive.

Sour cream gingerbread loaf is so easy to make. It's a light textured cake that stays moist for days stored in a tin. Great as a snack cake or for entertaining.

Coconut Macaroons

Always satisfying and a little healthyish. Easy to make gluten-free. And easy to dress up with a little melted chocolate.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons are Easy & Low Cal

Gingerbread Spiced Almonds

So easy to make for a quick nibble. Good for sharing and a nice treat with drinks before dinner.

Looking for more Christmas baking ideas? Find all of our Christmas Baking recipes here.

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Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

Servings: 18 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 5 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

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These simple buttery gingerbread shortbread bars have a lovely gingerbread kick and that irresistible shortbread texture. 

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

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Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

Buttery gingerbread shortbread bars are so simple to make and have that irresistible shortbread texture.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned in)
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch, spooned in
  • 1 ½ tsp. gingerbread spice blend (recipe below)  or 1 tsp. ground ginger & ½ tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and mix to incorporate.
  3. Sprinkle over flour, cornstarch and spices and mix until dough just comes together.
  4. Press into a 9”x9” pan and prick with a fork.
  5. Bake 50-55 min.
  6. When almost cooled cut into bars

Notes

Gingerbread Spice Blend

  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp each, nutmeg, cloves

Variations:

Add 1/8 tsp of cardamom and/or mace

One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms is an easy and delicious weeknight meal. The flavourful marinade is quick to mix up and versatile (try it with pork too, and cauliflower, broccoli…). 

One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.

If you’re looking for ways to add oomph to a meal than a marinade is the way to go. Marinades are so easy to throw together, they add loads of flavour and they keep your food from drying out during cooking.

In this marinated chicken and mushrooms dish the soy-based marinade in this recipe is lightly sweetened with molasses and maple syrup. Molasses is a bit of a secret ingredient in this dish. When you taste it you’ll understand just how well molasses complements to the sharp flavour of soy.

Baking the mushrooms along with the chicken adds extra flavour to the dish, letting all that great mushroom flavour mingle in the pan juices.

If you’d like more easy weeknight meal ideas try our One-Pot Mustard Molasses Chicken or our Sweet & Spicy Molasses Chicken.

Recipe Tips: 

  • Make a double batch of the marinade so you have it on hand for even faster prep of this recipe.
  • No need to marinate the chicken in advance, if you don’t have time. Simply bake it in the marinade.
  • You can substitute fresh garlic and onion for the dried called for in the recipe.  (1-2 cloves of garlic, minced & 1/2 onion, minced.)

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One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms

One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.

One-Pan Marinated Chicken and Mushrooms is an easy and delicious weeknight meal. The skinless chicken stays moist and the mushrooms develop a meaty texture.  The flavourful marinade is quick to mix up and versatile (try it with chicken, pork, cauliflower, broccoli and more). 

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (or sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano or Italian herb blend
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 lb sliced mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well combined.
  2. Place chicken in a dish and coat with half of the marinade. Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes (or overnight) if you have time.*
  3. Place mushrooms in a large roasting dish and toss with half of the remaining marinade.
  4. Nestle chicken pieces in among the mushrooms. Drizzle with a bit more marinade.
  5. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through. (Baste with remaining marinade half way through baking.

Notes

*No time to marinate the chicken? No problem. Simply add extra marinade to the baking/roasting dish instead.

Try the flavourful marinade with other kinds of meat and fish, and with vegetables too (cauliflower, broccoli and more). 

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Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

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PUMPKIN DESSERTS

If a pumpkin dessert is your favourite way to end a Thanksgiving feast you’re not alone. When I surveyed our subscribers about their favourite foods to bake around thanksgiving, pumpkin recipes – sweet pumpkin recipes — came in first by a long shot.

To be fair, many of you also voted for apple desserts. More reason to enjoy Thanksgiving dessert like my family — we have pumpkin pie and apple pie on the dessert table each year.

Here are four of my favourite pumpkin desserts…

Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving:

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

gingerbread pumpkin bars

Molasses Pumpkin Pie

molasses pumpkin pie

Pumpkin Spice Crème brûlée

pumpkin creme brulee

Pumpkin Gingerbread

pumpkin gingerbread

If you’re in search of more recipes to use up that leftover pumpkin puree visit our Pumpkin Baking page.

Would you like to bake an apple dessert for Thanksgiving too? Visit our Apple Dessert page for six of my favourite recipes.

 

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Comfort Food Favourites: 20 Recipes in a Free eBook

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The coziest treats are always homemade, and comfort food favourites are the best. 

20 Comfort Food Favourites in a free e-book

I had no trouble getting into fall baking mode this year. After last week’s chilly weather I jumped right into baking gingerbread, pumpkin spice-filled treats, apple desserts and hearty stews.

If you have been inspired by the cooler weather too I think you’ll enjoy this fall-themed e-book. It includes some of my favourite fall recipes for comfort food, filled with warming spices and wholesome goodness.

This e-book is mostly baking recipes, including muffins, cookies and warming desserts. (I tucked in a couple of recipes for hearty one-pot meals too, dishes that are great for simple meals and that always leave leftovers.)

If you want to fill your home with the comforting scent of homemade goodness, download our free e-book here:

Comfort Food Favourites: 20 Recipes

Here’s to cozy cooking.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins (a Streusel-Topped Treat)

Servings: 16 muffins serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

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Pumpkin spice latte muffins

These streusel-top pumpkin spice latte muffins are spiked with coffee. They’re sweeter than my regular muffins and are a nice treat on a cool fall day. These muffins are surprisingly light textured for pumpkin muffins.

If you love baking with pumpkin (and want to use up the rest of your can of pumpkin puree) visit our Pumpkin Baking page.

Tips:

  • I use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough. It’s tidy and even.
  • You can omit the streusel and top with pumpkin seeds instead. (Check them for doneness at the 20-minute mark if there is no streusel.)

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Pumpkin spice latte muffins
  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup of walnut pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or ¼ tsp. each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened

For the muffins:

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup espresso or good strong coffee (room temp)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. ginger, ¼ tsp. each of cloves and nutmeg)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Line muffin pan with paper liners
  3. Combine streusel ingredients and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, coffee, molasses, oil, vanilla, and pumpkin puree.
  5. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently, just until combined.
  7. Spoon into prepared pan and top each muffin with about 2 Tbsp. streusel.
  8. When you put them in the oven immediately reduce the heat to 350 F
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly touched.

Notes

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Caramel Apple Crisp Is The Easiest Dessert Ever

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Caramel apple crisp is the easiest dessert ever. Made with wholesome ingredients, including a little molasses to add a rich caramel flavour.

Caramel Apple Crisp is quick, easy and delicious.

Do you love baking with fresh fall apples?

I love when local apples arrive in the markets. That’s when I think they taste the best. They’re crisp, flavourful and perfect for baking.

Apple Crisp is one of the simplest desserts going. The ingredients are so simple – and so good: lots of fresh fall apples, flour, rolled oats, butter, a little cinnamon…

I add a little molasses to my apple crisp to give the sauce that forms while it bakes a rich caramel flavour. (Hence the name Caramel Apple Crisp.)

Tips:

  • I use a vegetable peeler for my apples. It’s quick and takes only the skin, not some of the flesh as often happens with a paring knife.
  • Try combing two or more varieties of apples in your crisp for added flavour and texture.

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Caramel Apple Crisp

Caramel Apple Crisp is quick, easy and delicious.

Caramel Apple Crisp is one of the simplest desserts going. A little molasses gives the sauce that forms while it bakes a rich caramel flavour.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

Filling:

  • 8 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Place the apples in a deep casserole dish (approx. 8”x10”)
  2. Toss with molasses, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Dab with tablespoon of butter
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats and brown sugar. Pour over the melted butter and stir to combine.
  4. Spread mixture over apples.
  5. Bake at 375°F for about 40 minutes, until the apples are soft and the filling is bubbling.

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Thick & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 27 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

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thick and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a healthy snack

These healthyish chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are low sugar (only one-half a cup, plus chocolate chips) but still taste like a treat. They’re filling too which makes them great for snack time. 

If you’re in search of wholesome snacks for school or any time these cookies are a great choice. They’re so satisfying and we have easy options to make them even healthier. 

The recipe is a slight adaptation of our popular Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Want to make your chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies even healthier? 

  • Add 2 Tbsp. ground flax to the recipe. (Add with the flour.)
  • Add 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds to the batter along with the chocolate chips.

     

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Thick & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 ¼  cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg then the vanilla and molasses.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture.
  3. Add rolled oats and chocolate chops and stir until well combined.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonful (or use a medium cookie scoop) onto prepared sheet, about two inches apart.
  7. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until edges are set but the middle still looks a little soft.
  8. Let cool on the pan for a bit before removing to a rack to cool.

 

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are Wholesome & School-Friendly

Servings: 24 bars serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe.

This recipe is an adaptation of our recipe for No-Fuss Cranberry Almond Granola Bars. To make chocolate chip granola bars gluten-free be sure to buy GF crispy rice cereal (many include barley malt extract) and GF oats.

Granola Bar Tips:

  • The coconut in this recipe can be replaced with other seeds or nuts. Try pumpkin seeds or a combination of chia seeds and hemp seeds.
  • Try other dried fruit in this recipe too, like apricots, dates or prunes. Be sure to chop them raisin size.
  • Looking for more chocolate? Try drizzling the bars with melted chocolate once they have cooled. Let the chocolate harden before cutting

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe. It’s gluten-free too if you use GF oats and crisp rice cereal.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal*
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 9”x 9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
  2. Combine the oats, rice cereal, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a large bowl.
  3. Melt butter, molasses and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (it will sputter).
  4. Pour hot syrup over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cool for a few minutes then stir in chocolate chips. Press mixture firmly (and I mean firmly) into prepared pan and ensure it gets right to the edges. Try laying a sheet of parchment paper over top to make it easier to press down.
  5. Refrigerate until set and cut into bars.

Notes

*Choose gluten-free rolled oats and crisp rice cereal if necessary.

 

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Whole Wheat Puppy Paws | Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe

Servings: 20 cookies serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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whole wheat puppy paws soft molasses cookies

These whole wheat puppy paws (soft molasses cookies) make a great lunchbox treat. They’re wholesome and fun. A great recipe to make with kids.

Whole wheat puppy paws can be made as soft molasses drop cookies too. Just drop by a heaping tablespoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet or use a medium cookie scoop. They’re satisfying no matter what shape you choose.

This is a whole wheat version of our favourite Bear Paws cookie recipe.

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Whole Wheat Puppy Paws | Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minute
  • Yield: 18-20 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, spooned in
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the flours, spices, and salt.
  4. Combine the hot water and baking soda in a little cup and give it a stir. Pour into the butter mixture, making sure to scrape out the baking soda residue. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.

To shape the paws*:

  1. Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon of dough, make the middle of the paws. Using a  teaspoon measure, make four toes. (This will get easier once you have done a few.)
  2. Bake 10-12 minutes, until puffy and set.
  3. Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Notes

*These cookies can be made as drop cookies. Use about 2 Tbsp. of dough per cookie.

 

Keywords: soft molasses cookies; lunchbox treat

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Ginger Peach Muffins With A Sweet Streusel Top

Servings: 12 muffins serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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Ginger peach muffins are light textured and delicious. They’re chock full of peaches, aren’t too sweet and have a lovely streusel top.  

Ginger peach muffins are chock full of peaches and beautifully textured, not too sweet and have a crunchy streusel top. 

These just might be the perfect muffins. They’re light textured and extra moist, loaded with peaches (a full cup and a half!), and get a little extra sweetness from a streusel top.

I have had these ginger peach muffins on my mind for ages but wanted to wait until peach season to start testing recipes. Lucky for us it didn’t take too long to land on a recipe. I simply made a few tweaks to my super-popular Rhubarb Streusel Muffins and that was it.

Ginger peach muffins are chock full of peaches and beautifully textured, not too sweet and have a crunchy streusel top. 

Because these muffins are so moist I store them in the fridge. Count on them lasting the better part of a week when stored this way. (The freezer test is underway.)

A few tips:

  • If you love ginger use the double amount.
  • Peel your peaches or nectarines before dicing. Here’s how (scroll to the bottom of the post for the how-to).
  • I use plain yogurt in place of sour cream. Flavoured yogurt — vanilla or peach, would work just fine.
  • As with all muffin recipes, the less your stir the batter the better. That’s the secret to light texture.

If you love baking with peaches we have loads more recipes on this site for you to try. 

Baking with Peaches: 4 Favourite Peach Recipes for summer

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Ginger Peach Muffins With A Sweet Streusel Top

Ginger peach muffins are chock full of peaches and beautifully textured, not too sweet and have a crunchy streusel top. 
  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 21/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 12 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 11/2 cups diced peaches or nectarines

Streusel topping:

  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. soft butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups or grease it well.
  2. Make the topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and butter and rub together with your fingers. Sprinkle over each muffin.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and salt and whisk to blend.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, molasses, eggs until smooth. Gently stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until the batter just comes together; do not overmix. Gently stir in the diced peaches. The batter will be thick.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  6. Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown and spring back when gently pressed, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully lift the muffins out of the pan and let them cool. Serve warm.

Notes

If you love ginger use the full 2 tsp. in this recipe.

Keywords: peaches, muffins

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Spicy Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Servings: 2 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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Ginger molasses crinkle cookies have that perfect texture that’s not too soft and not too chewy. (Just bake them longer if you’d like them a little crispy.)

Ginger molasses crinkle cookies have that perfect texture that's not too soft and not too chewy.

This is on of those all-purpose ginger molasses cookie recipes — satisfying any time of the year and perfectly suited to the holidays.

What’s not to love about these spicy ginger molasses cookies?

  • I love how they’re always festive with that sparkly, crinkled top. They’ll stand out on a cookie plate that’s for sure.
  • They’re sturdy so pack well if you want to give a batch as a gift.
  • They freeze well too.

Ginger molasses crinkle cookies have that perfect texture that's not too soft and not too chewy.

If crinkle top molasses cookies are your favourite we have more recipes! Try our Triple Ginger Crinkle Cookies or our Favourite Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

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Spicy Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 min
  • Total Time: 7 minute
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cups butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (spooned in)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Cream butter and sugar until mixture is light in colour.
  3. Beat in the egg then the molasses.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Beat into the butter mixture in three additions.
  5. Scoop dough in 1 ½ Tbsp. portions and form into balls
  6. Place extra sugar in a bowl and roll cookies in sugar.
  7. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes until set and crackly on top.

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