After reading the other reviews, I made some modifications to the recipe--added an extra egg white and cut the sugar to 3/4 cup in the cookies. I also substituted 1 teaspoon ground ginger for the crystallized ginger bits since I couldn't find any at the store. And last, I refrigerated the dough overnight to help it solidify more. The result was awesome! The cookies are crispy on the outside and slightly chewy inside and have a strong bite, with a touch of sweet. I'm very glad I used less sugar. More would have overpowered the ginger flavor and made them sugary-bland. But overall, a solid holiday cookie!
Yummy Molasses Crackles
From EatingWell: November/December 2008
Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover—reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.
23 Reviews for Yummy Molasses Crackles
I am a big cookie lover, just so you know. I went to a cookie cook off and tried so may different cookies. I then came to this lady who had molasses crackle cookies. I tried one and I wasn't bad. I was surprised that these were healthy though. it is a decent cookie.
I thought the sugar to butter ratio wasn't quite right but tried it anyway. The dough did not hold together so I added another egg and the baked cookies were too sweet, next time I will use 1/2 cup sugar. This will probably eliminate the need for the extra egg.
The candied ginger is a wonderful ingredient. Everyone in my house devoured these and asked when I was going to bake them again. I measured carefully, but the dough was extremely crumbly and not formed in the mixer. I usually bake things by recipe faithfully the first time and then adjust, but this time it was so wrong looking that I added another large egg. It seems from other reviews that I might not have had to do that after refrigeration, but they turned out so great I'm afraid not to do exactly what I did the first time!
Delicious, gingery, and easy. They are beautiful when baked! We agreed we need to make these every Christmas from now on. Thank you for the wonderful cookie recipe.