Chewy and soft molasses coffee cookies

Servings: 2 1/2 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 23 minutes

Cooking time: 8 minutes

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chewy and soft coffee molasses cookies

A plain old molasses cookie that isn’t so plain…

Molasses and coffee is one of my favourite combinations. I love it in marinades and in cakes but this is the first time that I have come across it in a cookie recipe. Turns out the molasses-coffee combo has been around for eons. In fact, this recipe likely dates back to the 1800’s.

Chewy and soft molasses coffee cookies

The coy coffee flavour makes the cookie feel decidedly modern in taste. And it`s a little deceptive — if you didn`t know there was coffee in the recipe you might be hard pressed to figure out what the extra yummy flavour is.

 

Chewy and soft molasses coffee cookies

If you’re looking for an everyday kind of cookie that’s simple and satisfying I’d say this is for you.

Definitely an after school sort of cookie in our house, you can dress them up with a little leftover frosting or may be some jam, or sandwich with frosting and jam.

I made this batch with two cups of white flour and one cup of barley flour but suit yourself. You can use all white flour or mix is a little whole grain. The spicing is mild but if you prefer a bit of a kick double the ground ginger called for.

Chewy Molasses Coffee Cookies

From Historic Cold Spring Village, New Jersey

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 egg well-beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. coffee (hot and strong)
  • 3 cups flour, spooned in
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Add baking soda to coffee while still hot, let cool.
  3. In a medium bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add the following and beat after each addition: molasses, egg, vanilla and cooled coffee mixture.
  4. In another bowl mix flour, cinnamon and ginger. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture a little at a time, stirring with a spoon.
  5. Drop by spoonful onto parchment lined cookie sheet with about 2 1/2 inches in between.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.

If you love simple cookies try our recipe for Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies.

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Espresso Gingerbread Cake Recipe is Festive and Comforting

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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If you’re in the mood to celebrate, this easy Espresso Gingerbread cake is for you. Moist, with just a hint of coffee flavour, it’s festive and comforting all at once.

Espresso molasses cake

The art of celebrating for no reason at all.

I’m of the mind that we don’t celebrate often enough. As a society we’re good with the Hallmark events: birthdays, weddings, graduations, special holidays and the like.

But I think we’re in a bit of a celebration rut, feeling like we need a significant reason or excuse to celebrate, to host a party, to holler “Yippee!”

My friend Laura, on the other hand, has perfected the art of pulling celebrations out of thin air. And once you create a reason to celebrate everyone climbs on board. It’s infectious.

 

Espresso molasses cake is moist, delicious and festive, just right for any celebration.

It’s a good lesson for all of us.

This weekend I’m going to put all of the winter stuff in the basement and then celebrate the reclaiming of our back entryway.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate, this is the cake for you. Moist, with just a hint of coffee flavour, it’s festive and comforting all at once. Make it in a bundt pan if you’d like to dress it up a bit. this cake can also be baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan.

Espresso Gingerbread Cake recipe

Adapted from Bon Appetit magazine

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup yogurt (Greek yogurt is great) or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup hot, strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 cup canola or grape seed oil

Instructions:

  1. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt or tube pan (or line a 9″ x 13″ pan with parchment paper)
  2. In a medium bowl stir together  the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk molasses, sugar, yogurt, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in the hot coffee and the oil.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and whisk until well combined.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean and the cake starts to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  7. Cool in pan 20 minutes then invert onto a plate (carefully).
  8. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cinnamon scented whipped cream.

If you love a good molasses cake with coffee and may be a bit of chocolate try this spicy ginger cake with molasses and coffee.

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Rich dark molasses cake with coffee and chocolate. Moist and delicious.