I guess that means nothing in the weather department has really changed and it’s still very much winter… I’m tempted to say that the only good thing about this month is the excuse to indulge in all the chocolate our hearts desire…. But that’s not the kind of optimism you all need to hear right now!
Winter, with the lack of sunshine and endless dark nights can be a serious problem. So let’s change it all around.
What’s one of the best things about the winter season? In my mind, it’s the magical weeks before all the holidays. When we were actually excited about the first snow fall and wearing our adorable mittens and scarfs. We probably all enthusiastically pinned snowy decorations, winter outfits and hot drink recipes. Those were the days when we embraced winter goodies and baked things that contained cinnamon, molasses and cloves.
Let’s get back to winter baking.
These cookies will remind you of all the great things winter offers. They are warm and moist and will have you feeling cozy and snug. No one really enjoys warm spiced cookies on a blistering hot day, do they? Now is the time to enjoy these cozy, homey cookies. Seize the moment. Bake away and enjoy!
Molasses Oatmeal Spice Cookies (egg free)
1 1/2 cups Spelt Flour
3/4 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup Applesauce
1/4 cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar, optional
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the first 7 ingredients together until well mixed and there are no lumps. Add the melted butter, applesauce and molasses and mix until just combined. Spoon rounded tablespoons of dough onto two parchment lined baking sheets. Gently press the balls down to form little fat disks. For a more crisp and slightly sweeter cookie, sprinkle an extra 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar over the cookies. Bake in the oven for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying.
Yields 26-28 cookies.