Today I made these delicious Spice cookies, beloved year round, but especially at this time of year: boxes for sending, cello bags for giving to neighbors, and setting aside plenty enough for me to nibble on. The smallest spring-loaded scoop I have is 1 1/4", if you go even smaller, they can be spice buttons.
This makes about 3 dozen cookies:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Fit two or three baking sheets with clean foil or parchment.
2 1/2 cups King Arthur flour
1 t. baking soda
pinch kosher salt
2 t. cinnamon
2 t. cloves
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. ginger
1 cup sugar plus a little more for sprinkling
1/2 cup light olive oil or canola oil
1/3 cup molasses
3 T. water
1 large egg
Mix flour, spices, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
In mixer bowl, mix sugar, olive oil or canola, molasses and mix. Add the egg and water and mix again.
Add the flour and spice mix in 3 or 4 batches to the oil mixture , mix until it comes together. Using a scoop, or your hands, plop balls of dough onto the baking sheet, about 2-3 inches apart. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Slide the first baking sheet on the upper third rack in the oven, bake for 11 minutes, remove to a cooling rack, and slide the next rack in until all the cookies are baked.
Package in cello bags or boxes lined with wax paper, but make sure they have completely cooled first. These are sturdy cookies, so perfect for mailing.
Merry greetings of the season!