Spiced Molasses Drops
If you're a fan of spice cookies, our Test Kitchen calls these the best molasses cookies they have ever had. Our deeply spiced recipe is flavored with light molasses, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and one unexpected ingredient: black pepper. A pinch of ground black pepper adds a hint of spiciness and gives the cookie a more complex flavor that people will notice but won't be able to quite figure out. (See if they can guess!) Like all drop cookies, these Spiced Molasses Drops are very simple to make. You can make the dough a day ahead, chill it overnight, then bake it the next day. Once you've combined the wet and dry ingredients using an electric mixer, simply drop heaping spoonfuls of the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. While it might be tempting to just coat your cookie sheets with cooking spray, the parchment paper will keep the cookies from sticking. Bake in a preheated oven, rotating the pans to the lower rack halfway through baking to ensure they bake evenly. These tender, chewy cookies are covered with crunchy coarse sanding sugar for just the right amount of textural contrast. Our Test Kitchen raved about them and we think they will become your new favorite spice cookie too.