Now that it’s February, I wish I could say that much has changed in the weather department and we’re one month closer to spring blooming. But alas, it’s very much winter in these parts and signs of spring are probably another 3 months out. You can tell that I’m very excited by the notion of scraping ice of my car again… for the next few weeks. I’m tempted to say that February only offers us the excuse to indulge in all the baked delicacies and chocolate boxes our hearts desire… although it might not be true, homemade spiced cookies will surely improve our situation.
Let’s change the idea of February. It’s chilly enough to treat ourselves to some really special flavors. The best part of the season leading up to the winter holidays is with the special foods we eat. We enthusiastically pin Christmas decorations, winter outfits and hot drink recipes while we embrace wintery baked goodies that contain cinnamon, molasses and cloves.
Let’s bring this magic back! These cookies are warm and moist and will have you feeling cozy and snug. Let’s stay warm and comforted with freshly baked spiced cookies. Seize the moment this winter day and bake away!
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.