Monday, November 8, 2010

Falling for Cookies

** Disclaimer: after that last blog I had to follow up with a more sweet blog. Life is all about balance, you know? **

I've never ever ever considered myself much of a baker. Usually my cookies would turn out tough, and my cakes would be gooey in the middle. That was the story of my life... well, just when I baked things it was the story I guess. I typically enjoy cooking a good meal (I still do) rather than putting something sweet in that dreaded oven.

Recently though, I think I've been bit by a baking bug. First it was a cake for Nate's birthday, followed by the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and then the most recent delicious molasses spice cookies. The cookies came out with a crunchy sugar coating on the outside and soft in the middle. Win for team Ashley! Actually everyone involved won, because I hear people enjoyed eating them too.

 * Molasses spice cookies with an orange 
sugar coating = yum *

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These have been what I think is the perfect fall cookie, because they contain tons and tons of delicious spices that make you feel a little warm on the inside. The bowl below contains unbleached flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, salt, pepper, and allspice. Hellooo spices!

The only complaint I have about the cookies is that they seem a little too sweet. Hello tummy ache (if you eat too many, which Nate has done at least once already). I guess worse things could happen.

Next up on the baking list is oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips! What's happened to me?!

P.S.  The really fun part of making the molasses spice cookies was making the orange sugar in this bad girl! We got her as a wedding gift, and I really like finding reasons to get her out of the cupboard every once in a while. :) It's really fun to put stuff in there and press the on or pulse button! Oh the simple things in life.

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