Ginger Molasses Cookies with Walnuts

This is not for the basic chocolate chip or classic peanut butter cookie lovers of the world.  No. These cookies, these Ginger Molasses Cookies, are for a finer taste.  A true spiced cookie, with the heat of crystallized ginger, and subtle dark sweetness of molasses.  This is a special treat, and sure to add a dash of goodness to any day.

It was a day when full access to a complete kitchen was all mine.  Taking a break from the van, we were visiting my sister ‘n law’s family in Southern California, at their beautifully remodled near-the-beach home.  They were gone for the day, and baby was napping comfortably in her travel swing.  The Husband was upstairs diligently plugging away at the computer, updating spreadsheets, and taking angry calls.

Being a mom of a 5 month old baby, I found this to be a rare moment of free time.  What could I do with this golden gift of time?  I almost giggled out loud, just thinking about it.  I could try to do some sort of work out, pay bills, laundry, or maybe take a shower?  That’s always a nice luxury.  Or maybe, I could dive into baking something in this here marvelous kitchen.  Making the executive decision to take advantage of the oven, (a department of the van kitchen that is non existent) I took inventory of the ingredients at hand.   Sifting through Pinterest, and a few of my favorite blogs, I came across The Perfect Molasses Cookie.  Actually they came across me.  Just staring at me from the web page, sparkling with green and red holiday sprinkles.

With the recipe’s recommended adjustments for sea level baking, a few additions, and slight alterations to acommodate the ingredients available on hand, those molasses cookies became these Ginger Molasses Cookies with walnuts.

Ginger molasses cookie batter
I’ve been somewhat addicted to adding ginger into my baked goods ever since that one weekend hell trip to Ruidoso, NM.  10 hours drive time, each way (uphill both ways, barefoot).  All to get a taste of snowboarding, as this is our closest ski mountain. There is a coffee shop in Ruidoso, where the morning baked goods are still warm out of the oven.  The muffins are big and fluffy, and the ginger cookies are the best I’ve ever tasted. While I’ll never look forward to repeating that drive, I do look forward to a good ginger baked good, and these are pretty spectacular, if I do say so.

Ginger People crystallized ginger
Molasses ginger cookie batter with crystallized ginger
Ginger molasses cookie dough on a baking tray

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 3/4 cups raw sugar + more to sprinkle over cookies
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 3.5 oz Crystallized Ginger
  • 1 cup walnut halves & pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Sift together flour, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda
  3. In a seperate bowl, beat oils, sugar, molasses, and eggs
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture
  5. Fold in Crystallized Ginger & walnuts
  6. Shape dough into balls, flatten tops with a spoon, sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake 10 min

Ginger molasses cookies stacked high

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