Hey! Look! A present! I found your weekend baking project.
This time of year, all I want to do is eat warm cookies. Crisp-edged and chewy-centered cookies. Specifically, these.
These taste like Christmas. Those are Ben’s words, not mine, and he’s not even Jewish, so it’s probably definitely true. These Christmas-time beauties are as soft and satisfying as a fresh sugar cookie, but they become blazingly rich and complex from the addition of molasses, brown sugar, and cozy warm winter spices.
A quick pre-oven roll in a pile of turbinado sugar (it’s raw and chunky and doesn’t melt during baking) gives these cookies a gloriously poppish crunch around the edges; it’s just about as satisfying as that crackly sound your computer makes when it empties your “trash.” You know that sound.
Wrap them in pretty bows or dotty bags, or just eat the lot while standing around the kitchen table. Either way, be sure to share a few. ‘Tis the season, after all. Maybe with your sister? Probably with Santa? That guy knows when you’ve been nice. Ben told me so.