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Molasses Drop Cookies

Molasses. Mmmmm. A staple for baking, cooking and eating, molasses has been a part of Newfoundland culture forever. I think I ate molasses on everything as a kid; even on chicken. Nothing made me happier. These cookies just bring back all those childhood memories. And the aroma of molasses cookies baking is one of the happiest Christmas memories.

 

MOLASSES DROP COOKIES

What you will need:

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup fancy molasses

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup  hot coffee, or substitute hot milk, if you prefer

 

Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheets.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Stir baking soda into hot coffee (or milk). Add to other ingredients and mix dough until well blended.

Drop cookie dough by the tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Here come the Rum Balls!

Nothing says Christmas to me more than rum soaked cream cheese! Just joking, but really, who can resist? Creamy, rich, and only mildly alcoholic.  These are ideal to serve for any occasion, and impress most folks. Or maybe that’s just the rum talking. Either way, they are so worth the little effort they take. And if you really want to impress your friends, co-workers or neighbours, make up a batch of these, fancy them up in some pretty foil cups and you have yourself a present that will be remembered.

Red & Green Christmas Rum Balls

Red & Green Christmas Rum Balls

CHOCOLATE RUM BALLS

What you will need:

 1 block cream cheese, softened

1 cup ground almonds

1 1/2  cup icing sugar

1 tsp powdered instant coffee

1/4 cup dark rum

5  squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

COATINGS:  chocolate sprinkles, shredded or toasted coconut, icing sugar, crushed almonds, cocoa powder, fancy colored sugars, or whatever your little heart desires.

Blend cream cheese, ground almonds, coffee, icing sugar and rum together with melted chocolate. Chill in fridge for twenty minutes or so, or until slightly firm. Shape into 1 inch balls.

Choose what you would like to coat the rum balls in, and place coatings on plates in front of you. Roll rumballs around in coatings fairly firmly, making sure you get nice full coverage on each rumball.

Traditional Newfoundland Christmas

Just a quick note to let you know I am compiling a list of all my favourite traditional Newfoundland Christmas recipes this week. Over the next two weeks, I will be posting a ton of traditional Newfoundland recipes for the season. And a few festive recipes to jazz up your Christmas dinner.

Remember to check back for your Newfoundland Christmas recipes!