Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Trail Mix Cookies 
Kids, big (adults) or small love to come home to a house filled with the aroma of fresh baked cookies.
Somehow it is an innate nurturing, that we have from childhood. Making us feel special;
Anytime is cookie time in my home!
I always have a carton of molasses in my house ready and waiting for whom ever wants to bake fresh goods. It adds a rich colour that can't be achieved from any other ingredients. 
My family loves to bake and experiment and I have taught my kids to enjoy baking, as there is nothing more wonderful than treats from the home.
 These spiced molasses cookies have a soft comforting, delicate crumb on the inside when hot from the oven and a crispier texture at room temperature. This happens with the magic of butter and Crosby's  fancy molasses.
While baking they perfume the home with warming spice scent. The lovely inviting scent lingers long after the cookies have been baked.
My daughters friend could smell the warm spicy aroma as she walked by the welcoming plate laid out for anyone to grab..she made sure to bring some home to her mom and sis....
If that doesn't give you the warm fuzzies, 
I don't know what will?

These cookies are chock full of healthy ingredients, making these a great nutritional treat.
Packed in lunches for big and small peeps, they will delight your tastes with a different sensation
in every bite~
 The rustic, dark molasses cookies' aroma is mixed with morsels of cranberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds (Pepita's), slivered almonds and roasted peanuts with a peek a boo 
hint of white chocolate chips for
~a bit of decadence~ 
 Wrapped up and ready for sharing,
these homespun cookies with deep cracks and mouth watering sweetness are ready for breaking into chunks and dipping into a cold glass of milk, hot tea or latte.
 Colossal Trail Mix Cookies
  will bring a delightful smile to anyone's face!.
You will smile knowing that with every bite you will be giving your friends and family a 
nutritious treat!
 My cookie is created for the Sweet Dreams Cookie Contest 
came in 2nd Place!!!

Colossal Trail Mix Cookies
You'll need:
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar + more for top
1/4 cup Crosby's fancy molasses
1 lg egg
zest of 1 orange
2 cup flour
1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
1 tsp each powdered dried ginger and cinnamon
1/2 tsp each ground cloves, cardamon, fresh ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 cup trail mix:
 (slivered almonds, peanuts, raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips
In the large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle on, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Pour in molasses, scraping out every drop with a spatula.
Mix on high until incorporated.
Add eggs and zest, blend.
Scrape mixture down with spatula.
Measure out dry ingredients, spices and trail mix onto a piece of wax paper. Lift paper and slide dry ingredients into the bowl. 
Mix on lowest speed, scraping down.
Measure out cookies using a 3 tbsp ice cream/cookie scoop
Place 3"-4" apart on a silpat sheet or ungreased parchment lined baking sheet.
Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar

Press the cookie to flatten the top to 1/2" thickeness.
Thinner if you like crisper cookies
(I like mine chubby and softer)
 Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 12-14 min.
*Less time for lighter, softer cookies
*More time for crisper, darker cookies

The cookies will crispen when cooled.
Makes 16-18 Colossal cookies
Enjoy with love!

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