Gold Leaf Molasses Cookies

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

{our first married Fall in Virginia at Hollin Farms}

If any of you live in the DC/NOVA area, Hollin Farms is incredible in the Fall. We had so much fun picking out pumpkins, getting fresh cider, and wine tasting at the vineyards down the road afterwards. I highly recommend it. My Okinawan girlfriend about died laughing the other day when I told her we like to go to pumpkin patches this time of year, and she was so confused when she saw all the gourds I have for decoration in our house. Some things, like our Fall traditions, just don't translate... But when I make molasses cookies or pumpkin pancakes, then it's suddenly very easy to understand our cultural differences!

Gold Leaf Molasses Cookies
{makes about 3 dozen}

1/2 C Molasses
1 Egg
3 Cups Flour
8 oz. (2 sticks) Butter
1/2 C Raw Brown Sugar
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 T Vanilla Extract
1 T Cinnamon
1 T Nutmeg
1 T Ginger
Gold Sanding Sugar

Beat the butter, both sugars and vanilla extract for a few minutes, until soft and creamy. Beat in the egg, then the Molasses. Add the flour, salt, and spices and fold together until completely mixed. Refrigerate for atleast a few hours. I left mine overnight.

Preheat your oven to 350. Roll out half the dough at a time on wax paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray at about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Stick the cookies, still on the wax paper, on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until you're ready to bake. I had to stick them in the freezer before cutting out the leafs too because the dough became too soft. It helps when the dough firms up a bit in the freezer. Sprinkle on your sanding sugar and bake for about 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  They are so, so good with a Chai Tea Latte or coffee. Enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. These look beyond delicious! Yes please!

    xxx
    Jenna
    ps Love the pic of you and Cam at the pumpkin patch :)

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  2. These look delish and just perfect for fall! thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!

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  3. these are beautiful and look delicious!

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  4. Show off. Kidding, these look amazing.

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  5. I've been loving all of your food posts! You have such a knack for food styling and photography. Your place must have the best light as your photos are amazing! Plus, everything always looks so delicious.

    BTW, love the green pants, stripes combo in the cookie post. Adorable!

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  7. You had me at molasses and Hollin Farms! I still think, just maybe, we seen you two there that very same day and shared smiles. God of course had other plans for when our friendship would truly begin.

    Stelly and I will be over bright and early with bellies hungry for maple cookie awesomeness. There are still some left right? LOL. Much love. -Ash

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  8. These look delish!
    We're living in Abu Dhabi at the moment, so may be tricky to find all of the ingredients, but I'll send my husband searching.
    Pictures are wonderfully appetizing...especially for pregnant gal like myself!

    http://wilsonfamilyproject.blogspot.com/

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  9. I go there EVERY Fall!! It's only about 15 minutes away from where I live, so sad you don't live that close to me now! Love this recipe and your cookies look amazing!! :)

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  10. i am soooo sad i don't have an oven

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  11. Stop it. You're gorgeous. And these cookies look amazing!

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  12. Love how classy the gold sanding sugar make these cookies look!!! Beautiful!!!

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  13. you are so cute. and i'm pretty sure i can taste those cookies in my mouth mind right now.

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  14. These are so cute- perfect for the season. I think I'll try them out for my roommates as a surprise next week! Maybe it will start to cool off here, too, and really feel like Fall!

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  15. Amanda these look delicious! My hubby and I went to an apple festival this past weekend in PA and we had pumpkin funnel cake. so american and so fall-like haha. i have a ton of family all over VA too, near Hollins! Small world :) xox

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  16. Amanda, I always love reading your recipe posts just for sake of enjoying your beautiful pictures. :) these cookies sound delicious! but then again, I have yet to meet a molasses cookie that I didn't like.

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  17. Took your advice and went to hollin farms this weekend and had the BEST time! thanks so much for the tip! We also stopped at vintage ridge and barrel oak wineries. Delaplane is such a pretty area...we had never ventured out that way before :)

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  19. Your fall posts make me smile. We live in Bangkok (moved here from DC and have been to Hollins for pumpkins!), but if you walked into our apartment here, you might think that it's 40 degrees outside. ;) Our Thai friends are equally confused as to why we have pumpkins sitting out on the table, instead of cooking in a wok. So glad to have found your beautiful blog!

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  20. These look great! Where did you get the leaf cookie cutters?

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