Gold Miner’s Blend & Molasses-Spice Cookies

Java Mountain Roasters’ Gold Miner’s Blend is a full-bodied coffee, inspired by the spirit and hardiness of the mining era. Strike it rich by pairing this bold blend with Molasses-Spice cookies ~ the perfect pick-me-up for a fall afternoon.

Molasses-Spice Cookies (recipe from America’s Test Kitchen)

2 1/4     cups all-purpose flour

2           teaspoons baking soda

1/2        teaspoon salt

1 1/2     teaspoons ground cinnamon

1           teaspoon ground ginger

3/4        teaspoon ground cloves

1/4        teaspoon ground allspice

12         tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/2        cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/2        cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies

1           large egg

1           teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3        cup unsulphured molasses

 

1.   Adjust racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in medium bowl; set aside.

2.   Cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl with rubber spatula. Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl.

3.   Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

4.   Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

5.   Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets (from top to bottom and front to back) halfway through baking, until outer edges begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 13 minutes. (Cookies will seem underbaked). Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to cooling racks with wide spatula.

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