Reader C sent in a request for a chewy molasses cookie. She then clarified that the request was really for her mom, who had been trying for years to recreate her grandmother’s cookies. Talk about a no-pressure request! Research was a little frustrating, as it seemed like so many of the recipes I found ended up in crispy, not chewy cookies. I for sure needed chewy, not only for C, but for myself. I have memories of my mom taking me to a small bakery near our house, and I always thought it was a special treat when I was able to get a hermit cookie to munch on. They were flavorful and chewy, packed with spices and raisins, and they were the biggest cookies in the display. Who could resist?
While the cookie I ended up with isn’t a hermit (no raisins or nuts), it does have a deep molasses flavor, and the spices almost seem to sneak up on you before leaving a glowing aftertaste. And the chew? Oh my goodness, these are some of the most satisfyingly chewy cookies I’ve ever made. Results were sent into work with mrslovey, with a portion set back specifically for C and her mom. I’m hoping that even if they’re not exactly like Gram’s, they’re close enough to keep the memories fresh and bring a smile to her face. Read the rest of this entry ?