After I assembled all the ingredients, I thought I may regret my endeavor but the steps and time was sooo worth it! Truth be told, I'm no health nut especially when it comes to desserts but I've been known to sub applesauce for oil and I try to generally make good food decisions but never deny an indulgence. So what a surprise to have made some seriously tasty and just plain cute cookies with whole wheat flour no less! Unfortunately I completely underestimated my giant orange being enough for the required zest so I had to skimp on that. I ended up with maybe a couple teaspoons. That being said, I'd shoot for one teaspoons in the rolling sugar and a heaping tablespoon in the dough. I used a small scooper to measure the dough and got about 54 cookies. I generally prefer a chewier cookie and these are quite cakey but no matter. I will be making these again and will (maybe) share. Such a sweet treat with tea or coffee.
Orange Spice Molasses Cookies
From EatingWell: November/December 2009
These spiced molasses cookies have added applesauce to help keep the cookies moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.
24 Reviews for Orange Spice Molasses Cookies
These were delicious, and I love the orange sugar.
Made exactly as written. Wore disposable gloves to roll into balls and then into orange-zest sugar. Made it super easy. Placed onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Cleanup was a breeze. My husband liked the subtle fresh hint of orange and the light fluffiness of the cookie (I.e. not a heavy cookie).
These cookies are soft and sweet (though not too sweet) and a little spicy (but not hot spicy) -- I totally love them. I am a very reluctant baker, but am also very sensitive and aware of the guilt that I get from my kids and husband about not being into baking. I mean, there's the time and the mess and the effort, and then I can't even really enjoy the product usually, because I am ever vigilant about eating well. Needless to say, I am willing to make (and eat) these cookies, though usually only around Christmas time, which is the only time that I bake anything. Take it from a lazy baker and obsessively healthy eater, these cookies are winners.
I would definitely recommend making these cookies to anyone. They are fantastic!! If you cook them properly, they are moist and tender. The flavor is great!!!