Ginger Molasses Thumbprint Cookies

Ginger Molasses Thumbprint Cookies

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I have been dying to try out my own version of a ginger molasses cookie for years. Seriously, years. For some reason, I thought this was going to be a very daunting task, but it wasn’t! And as soon as I had the idea to turn them into thumbprint cookies filled with no other than the one and only most delicious Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, I needed to make them! And quick!

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Enter The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. What a great idea! How fun for all of us food bloggers to get the chance to share our cookie recipes with each other and have a fun package exchange. Nothing says “December” like receiving packages in the mail! And how cool to have an excuse to meet all of these people that we share such a common interest with.

I received three packages:

  • White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies from Katie at Ruffles & Truffles. Oooohhhh mmmmyyyy goooossssshhhh, they were amazing! I brought them over to my parents’ house and they became an instant morning coffee favorite. How did she know I was such a sucker for white chocolate and cranberries? Must’ve been fate! And they were so perfectly shaped and drizzled… One of these days my cookies will look like that!
  • Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark Cookies from Jennifer at Licious Food. Another case of “How did she know?!” Peppermint and chocolate, especially this time of year, is what dreams are made of! Cupcake even got in on the action with these cookies. I offered her a tiny bite and she went CRAZY trying to get me to give her more. Tail wagging, standing on her hind legs, crazy.
  • Hootycreek Cookies from Ashleigh at Being Cheap is Easy. Again with the white chocolate and the cranberries? As soon as I saw these, I could tell they had big chunks of white chocolate in them and I took a big long whiff of the bag and OOOOHHHHH man! It was like Heaven!  And pecans in there too?! They share a few ingredients with the cookies from Katie, but they are totally different. I definitely can’t choose a favorite, though!

IMG_6008For my matches, I went a little bit overboard. First, I bought these really cute cookie boxes and got them all decorated and cute… Only to realize that they are more like 24 cookie sized boxes… So, luckily, I had been testing out the recipe for my Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies , so I actually had enough cookies to put both types in the boxes. Yay!

Then, I decided it would be a good idea to include the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter in each package because I wasn’t sure if any of my recipients would have a Trader Joe’s nearby, and if they didn’t, they’d never be able to make the cookies for themselves! And I included a pig spatula (cause everyone needs one!) and a Snowman oven mitt to fill the spaces in the package. I’m all about the Christmas spirit!

My recipients were:

All of their blogs are wonderful! I have subscribed to each one, so make sure you check everyone out that I’ve linked on this post!

Don’t forget that this Friday, December 14th, I will be posting my first ever Giveaway as well as… wwwaaaaiiiiiitttt for it…. My first webisode of The Pescetarian and the Pig featuring Brandy Spiked Chocolate Eggnog Cake. Make sure you come back and check them out!

And now, my recipe for…

Ginger Molasses Thumbprint Cookies

  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup Blackstrap Molasses
  • 2 tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Hershey’s Cinnamon Baking Chips
  • 1 Jar Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar (for rolling cookies in)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add egg, molasses, and ginger.

In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients (except reserved sugar)

Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until well blended. Stir in cinnamon chips.

Form dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll into the reserved sugar mixture. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

Using your finger, create a divot in each dough ball and fill with 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Butter.

Place in the oven for 8 minutes. Allow to cool for about 2 minutes before moving onto a wire rack.

Enjoy!

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A tasty twist on the ginger molasses cookie: Thumbprint cookies filled with Pumpkin Butter! Delcious!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ⅓ Cup Blackstrap Molasses
  • 2 tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 2½ Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • ½ Cup Hershey’s Cinnamon Baking Chips
  • 1 Jar Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar (for rolling cookies in)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add egg, molasses, and ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients (except reserved sugar)
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until well blended. Stir in cinnamon chips.
  5. Form dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll into the reserved sugar mixture. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
  6. Using your finger, create a divot in each dough ball and fill with ¼ tsp. Pumpkin Butter.
  7. Place in the oven for 8 minutes. Allow to cool for about 2 minutes before moving onto a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Ginger Molasses Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. December 12, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    First – I am so glad you liked the cookies I sent! I definitely ended up eating a few of the leftovers in the mornings…there are cranberries…that makes them breakfast food…right?!?!?! ;)

    Second – Ohhh goodness your cookies sound delish! I am jealous of the 3 who received yours! We don’t have a Trader Joe’s here in the Tampa area (yet) – it makes me so sad! If I travel anywhere with one, I always end up attempting to stock up on a few fun items that I can add to my suitcase. I’ve never had the pumpkin butter though – sounds really yummy, especially in those cookies!

    • Rachel
      December 12, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      My family has been eating them for breakfast with their morning coffee, so of course they’re breakfast food! You should totally enter the giveaway on Friday, because one of the prizes is an assortment of my favorite TJ’s goodies (including Pumpkin Butter) shipped straight to your door!

  2. December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    We LOVED these!! (and those peppermint ones too!) Thanks so much for sending such a great box of goodies!

    • Rachel
      December 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Thank you Beth :) I’m glad they found you in good shape!

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