Hello there, have you finished holiday shopping yet?  I’ve got more than a few on my list to go plus a tree that needs to be bought and put up this weekend.  For friends out of state I like to shop for gifts from Wisconsin Made, Bavaria, and Fromagination.  Shopping online is very convenient especially when you’ve got some cookies baking in the oven.  I know what you’re thinking.  I promise, this is anything but another boring cookie recipe.  Just look how sinful and delicious they look.

Grown-up Cookies


They are scented with vanilla, fresh ginger, mace, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  To make it even better, I’ve added a few splashes of honeycrisp apple brandy from Yahara Bay.  The texture is soft, crunchy, and chewy all at once.  The mildly bitter blackstrap molasses is lightened by the scent of honeycrisp apples, and warmed by the mingling of the spices.  Invite a few of your friends and serve these babies up with generous mugs of latte spiked with some of the apple brandy.  Happy Holidays 🙂



  • 10 T. butter (one stick and a quarter) room temperature
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. grated ginger
  • 1 t. mace
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. blackstrap molasses
  • 3 T. apple brandy
  • 2 c. flour

In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the rest of the ingredients then slowly the flour.  The dough will be very sticky.  Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about half an hour.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Drop 1 inch scoops onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Place the bowl back in the refrigerator until you make the next batch.  The cookies should be shiny and smooth when it’s done.  Let it sit for a couple of minutes in the pan after taking it out of the oven.  It should be easy to lift after that.  Transfer to a cooling rack.  Your house will smell amazing.


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