Milk's molasses cookies
Total time: 1 hour
Makes 2 dozen cookies
The recipe for these crisp cookies was adapted by the Los Angeles Times from Milk, an ice cream parlor and bake shop.
Milk serves the cookies garnished with a sugar glaze (3 tablespoons water heated with 1½ tablespoons each corn syrup and fondant in a saucepan until combined, then beaten with 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar until smooth).
Fondant is available at baking supply stores, cooking stores and select gourmet supply stores. You can substitute royal icing if desired.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon (14.5 ounces) flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Heat the oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the mixture until thoroughly incorporated. Beat in the molasses.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and ground cloves. With the mixer running, slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture until completely incorporated.
Spoon the batter into mounds (about 2 tablespoons each) and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet (space cookies at least 3 to 4 inches apart, as they will spread). Bake cookies until set, about 18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Per cookie: 221 calories; 2 grams protein; 35 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 8 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 21 grams sugar; 264 mg sodium.