I have two recipes that smell like Christmas more than any other two recipes I make. They are both molasses ginger cookies...with spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc. Seriously, if you want your house to smell like "Christmas" you don't need to buy a candle, just bake these delicious cookies before you have anyone over! Your options are Holiday Molasses Cookies or Gingersnaps. Both are delicious, spicy, and wonderfully fragrant. One is a soft, chewy cookie and the other, well, it "snaps". The Holiday Molasses Cookie is on page 134 of my cookbook and is an "insider" recipe. However, I may YOYO (put it on the blog for a few days and then take it off) this cookie...so you better write it down when I put it on. It will probably be on this week sometime, so you better check often. The Gingersnaps are not in my cookbook, so I can post them for all to see. Here is the recipe...be prepared for Christmas smells to fill your home and waft out to the doorstep when company arrives!!!
3/4 C butter-flavored Crisco
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C molasses
2 1/4 C freshly ground and sifted whole wheat flour
2 1/8 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/8 tsp ground ginger (add 1/8 tsp more?)
1 T + 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (add 1/4 tsp more?
1 tsp cloves
Cream Crisco, brown sugar, molasses and egg by mixing on medium speed for about 30 seconds and then on high speed for 2 minutes. Sift dry ingredients and stir into molasses mixture. Form balls (about 1 in. in diameter.) Roll tops and sides of dough balls in white sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes about 40-45 cookies.
P.S. My sister took the peppermint marshmallows to a get-together where she was supposed to bring a dessert. She took hot cocoa and the flavored marshmallows and said people LOVED them. If you want something new...try making the flavored marshmallows!