Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Busy, busy, busy

There are times that I get so distracted with work and with school that I forget to relax. I get so worked up that I really just can't focus on anything else. This is obviously a problem, not just because I feel stressed out emotionally, but I end up feeling bad physically. And one thing that has made my week just a little bit better is my mother. I was reading her blog and noticed that she posted a recipe that always reminds me of when I was little: molasses cookies.
Now these cookies can turn out to be crunchier if you make a little on the small side, but personally I like my when they are still soft and warm from the oven, so make them just a little bit bigger than you would normally make them, maybe about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide.

Molasses Cookies

1.5 Cups butter
2 Cups sugar
Cream those two in an electric mixer with wire whisk.

.5 Cup molasses
2 eggs (one at the time)

Sift together the following six ingredients and then add to *wet* mixture:
4 Cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Stir until well blended. Chill the dough before rolling it into small balls.

Bake at 375 degrees on ungreased cookie sheets for 10-12 mins, depending on the size of the ball :)

Makes 4 dozen

These also happen to be one of my dad's favorite cookies that we make. And they will taste even better as fall is on its way: the spices in the cookie just make you smile. Well, I hope that you enjoy these cookies as much as I do, and they can also help you to relax a little. Maybe just sit down with a book, a mug of tea, and then delectable cookies.