Tender Molasses Spice Cookies with Toasted Marshmallow Topping! A great cookie exchange recipe this holiday season.
Everyone needs a classic cookie cutter recipe for the holidays.
It’s that recipe you go back to year after year for fun holiday cut-outs to share with friends and family.
For some it’s a simple roll-out sugar cookie recipe. For other it’s a gingerbread recipe.
For me, my Molasses Spice Cookies with Toasted Marshmallow Topping is the recipe I go back to again and again.
More tender than gingerbread, and lighter than a standard molasses cookie, these Molasses Spice Cookies are a grand platform for holiday cookie decorating. They are kind of like a sugar cookie with a kick!
You can glaze or frost these cookies and decorate to your heart’s content. They make the best tasting “gingerbread” men around, even though they aren’t technically gingerbread.
In this case, I used marshmallow fluff as the topping to create a toasted marshmallow effect that balances the spice flavor.
I spread the marshmallow fluff over the cookies and placed them under the broiler for 30 seconds to toast. The result was a delightfully light frosting with a crisp toasted exterior.
A perfect complement to the spice cookies.
This is a great technique for frosting cookies in a hurry, and they taste absolutely amazing!
Molasses Spice Cookies with Toasted Marshmallow Topping would make an excellent addition to your Christmas cookie exchange this year.
Low maintenance. Big flavor and texture! You’ve got to try these cookies.
Molasses Spice Cookies with Toasted Marshmallow
Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out dough
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon dark molasses
- 1 pound marshmallow fluff
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the butter and both sugars together with an electric mixer. Then add the egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat again to combine. Scrape the bowl and add the flour mixture a little at a time. Once the dough has come together, divide it onto two pieces of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough into two disks and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove one disk from the fridge. Flour a work surface and roll it out to between 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. Using a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut out the cookies as close together as possible. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. The dough is fragile, but remember fragile dough equals light tender cookies. Gather the leftover dough and repeat. Try to get as many cookies cut out of two rolls on each disk. The more you gather and re-roll, the tougher the dough gets!
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool. Raise the oven rack to the highest position and turn on the broiler. Using a piping bag, or a freezer bag with the corner cut off, pipe the marshmallow fluff over each cookie. The goal is to get a smooth layer about 1/3 the thickness of the cookie. If you add too little it will get bumpy when you toast it, and if you add too much, it will run off. I used about a tablespoon per cookie.
- The marshmallow fluff will smooth out after a minute or two. Toast the cookies under the broiler for about 30 seconds. DO NOT take your eyes off them. Marshmallow fluff burns fast! Cool and enjoy.
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