OK, I’m veering from my original plan of only tried and true recipes to include this one which I just discovered: Chocolate Molasses Buttons. These are a variation on the traditional molasses crinkle through the addition of cocoa and a chocolate ganache to dress them up. The cookie is crisp-chewy and the flavor is addictive. The molasses comes through clearly here, so if it’s not a favorite, I suggest you go with a traditional molasses crinkle using the best recipe I’ve found.
Also newly discovered this year is delicious. magazine out of the UK. Not sure how I stumbled across it, but their FB feed is fantastic, full of recipes and gorgeous photos. I’ve adapted this cookie recipe from their site, converting the measurements from metric to American Standard. Full disclosure: I weighed my ingredients (setting the scale to grams). If you’d like to do the same, the original recipe is here.
Chocolate Molasses Buttons
Adapted from delicious. magazine.
1 c plus two tablespoons flour
1/4 c natural cocoa powder
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground allspice
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine sea salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 c scant, unsulphured molasses (such as Grandma’s)
Crystal sugar for rolling
For the chocolate filling;
1/4 c, generous, dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
½ tsp unsulphured molasses (such as Grandma’s)
For the dough, in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Line two large baking sheets with parchment, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat with on medium-high for about 4 minutes or until the mixture transforms from a dark gritty mixture, to a smooth, noticeably lighter color. Beat in the egg. Beat in the molasses until blended.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until fully incorporated. Scrape dough into a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 and position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
Pour the crystal sugar into a shallow dish. Using a small ice cream scoop with a capacity of about a tablespoon, portion the dough into balls. Roll the dough balls in the crystal sugar, coating each one completely. Even space 12 of balls on each prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until they are set at the edges but still very soft in the centre.
Quickly pull the baking sheets from the oven to retain the heat then, using the handle of a wooden spoon, make a deep, fairly wide indentation in the center of each cookie. Return to the oven for 5 minutes more. If the indentations have become shallow, press down again with the wooden spoon handle. Cool cookies on racks.
To make the filling, melt the chocolate and the butter in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Melt in the microwave on low in 30 second bursts, stirring well after each interval. Stir in the molasses. Transfer the ganache to a small Ziploc bag or disposable piping bag (I use a small sandwich bag draped into a drinking glass) and work it toward the corner. When ready to fill the cookies, snip off a tiny bit at the corner and fill the indent of each cooled cookie. Let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour or until the ganache is firm.
Yields about 24 cookies.
Note: My cookies came out flatter than the rounded version in the photo on the delicious site (which look like traditional chubby thumbprints). The taste, however, is exceptional.