I give you extra spicy molasses crinkle cookies for all of you who adore red hots and reach straight for the Hot Tamales at the movie theater. If that’s you, then these are the Christmas cookies of your dreams.
Chewy Molasses Cookies
In the span of Christmas cookies big, fat chewy molasses cookies are right there on top. I get confused in the lexicon of ginger cookies whether gingersnaps refer to the crispy cookies and molasses cookies are the soft ones although I’ve seen recipes for both that cover the gauntlet of texture. Whatever the name, it’s the soft ones I’m after. Sinking my teeth into a sugar-dusted spicy molasses cookie is my afternoon activity of choice. These cookies made with coconut oil stay soft and chewy for up to a week but I think they’re best about 6 1/2 minutes after they come out of the oven.
How to Make a Spicy Ginger Cookie Recipe Even Spicer
Ginger and cinnamon are what we all want along with a cozy cup of coffee, fuzzy socks, and a roaring fire but if we really want to warm ourselves it’s best to do it from the inside out and that’s what makes these spicy molasses cookies special. These extra spicy molasses crinkle cookies get a soul-warming boost from ground arbol chili powder. It’s not so much that your mouth is in flames upon contact, but you’ll feel the warm spice believe me.
Coconut Oil Makes the Best Molasses Cookies
My grandma always made her molasses cookies with vegetable shortening. She swore by it and she was onto something because it is the vegetable fat that keeps them soft; butter, over time, will make them crisp. A bit healthier alternative to shortening however is extra virgin coconut oil. The creamy hint of coconut flavor is extra good with the arbol chili powder, plus a coconut oil molasses cookie is dairy free too!
A final special touch to these sweet and spicy crinkle cookies is a sprinkling of vanilla bean salt on top. This is totally optional, but the bit of salt brings out the warm spices and molasses flavors. I love Jacobsen Salt Company’s salts and the Boise Salt Co. also makes a good vanilla bean infused salt too. If you pick some up, you will find yourself using it on everything. You can totally make your own too by scraping vanilla beans out of a vanilla pod and gently rubbing into some flaky sea salt like Maldon’s.
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