My mom has been making these cookies for as long as i can remember. The recipe makes a huge batch (about 5 dozen) and she would fill ice cream buckets to bring them to holiday potlucks – and they were always the first to go. Great on their own, amazing dunked in egg’less nog (spiked with bourbon of course!), radical as a a breakfast cookie (that’s a thing) with coffee. When i first went vegan i hoped against hope that these would turn out, and sure as sugar they did, and i’ll go ahead and say they are better. These freeze well, either baked or as dough.
My Moms Molasses Crybabies
2 cups sugar (plus more for rolling)
1 1/2 cup Earth Balance
2 egg re-placers – i use Bob’s Red Mill, and am tempted to try flax eggs but haven’t yet! Please let me know if you use another re-placer in the comments!!
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 warm water
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking soda
1-2 tsp cloves
1/2-1 tsp ginger
4 tsp cinnamon
1. Pre-heat oven 300 C degrees.
2. Put on some Christmas-y tunes, don a festive apron and pour yourself a boozy Noel Nog. These steps are mandatory.
3. Cream together the sugar and Earth Balance. Sometimes i use a mixer for this, sometimes i don’t. The times i don’t i spend the whole time thinking “why the eff didn’t i use a mixer!??!” learn from me people.
4. Add the egg re-placers and the molasses to the creamed sugar.
5. Mix all dry ingredients together, then add the wet and mix. You can start with a spoon but you really should finish with your hands. It’s easier and this is how you infuse your baking with love, holiday good cheer and wishes for the future. I AM SERIOUS, take off your rings and INFUSE! Also, the good news is these puppies are salmonella free so you can lick your hands clean when you’re done. Just be sure to wash them before rolling the balls…
6. Roll the dough into smallish balls, roll balls in sugar, place on un-greased baking sheet. Please don’t get hung up on the shape of your balls. No ones balls are ever perfect, and once rolled in sugar who cares how your balls look! If they start to look like Dreidels that is OK! These cookies also make fabulous Hannukah gifts! I think…i am not boned up on my Hanukkah rules…but i think they’d be ok. Oh, and don’t place to close together as they spread out, i get 12 to a tray.
7. Bake for 14min. Cool on newspaper (this is crucial!! use that Georgia Straight you picked up and are not reading.)
8. Try to wait until cooled to eat 🙂