Molasses Cinnamon Crisps with Cinnamon Chips

Christmas is only 12 weeks away! Have you started your shopping yet? I have picked up a few gifts and hidden them away for Christmas. I like to shop early and hopefully find the perfect gift.

April of Abby’s Sweets decided to get a head start on Christmas baking and she asked Megan of Megan’s Cookin’ and me to join her in a 12 weeks of Christmas Cookie challenge. The goal is to bake one batch of cookies each week until Christmas. April and Megan are hoping to find some new favorites to include in their Christmas Cookie Platters. My plan is to make cookies that freeze well. Freeze one dozen from each batch and at the end of 12 weeks I’ll have cookies all ready to wrap up and give away.

CinnamonCrisps

April posted Cinnamon Crisps for her week #1 cookie. She found the recipe in the new Better Homes and Garden Christmas Cookies magazine and I decided to make it my week #1 cookie too!

I changed it up a little bit to use what I had in my pantry. I used regular molasses instead of light molasses, added HERSHEY’S cinnamon chips, and rolled it in Turbinado sugar. These cookies are spicy and chewy on the inside and sweet and crunchy on the outside. A perfect Christmas time cookie.

Stop by Megan’s and check out her delicious week #1 cookie Chocolate Almond Coconut Bars.

Molasses Cinnamon Crisps with Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S cinnamon chips
  • Turbinado sugar

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.

Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; beat until well combined. Add egg; beat until blended, then beat in molasses. On low speed, beat in flour until just blended, add cinnamon chps.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are light brown around edges and tops crackle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Adapted from Better Homes and Garden Christmas Cookies