Lemon-Spice Molasses Cookies and the Palmetto Cocktail

Molasses spice-lemon cookies.
Photo by Meg Baggott / Cookies by Miss Ray

From The Perfect Cookie: Your ultimate guide to foolproof cookies, brownies & bars, by America’s Test Kitchen (Penguin Random House, 2017)

Tart lemon filling is sandwiched between chewy, warmly spiced molasses cookies for a study in balance and contrast. To pair, a rum-based cocktail echoes the flavor of the robust molasses in the cookie. A straight pour of aged rum would be harmonious, too.

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Ingredients for Cookies
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup robust or full molasses
  • 1 large egg
Ingredients for Filling
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions for Cookies

Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and ground cloves together in bowl. In second bowl, melt and cool ¾ cup butter, and mix with ½ cup sugar, molasses and egg, until combined. Stir flour mixture into molasses mixture. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Spread ½ cup granulated sugar in shallow dish.

Heat oven to 375˚F. Roll dough into ¾-inch balls, then roll in granulated sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and press flat. Bake until tops just begin to crack, 8–10 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Let cookies cool completely.

Make filling and assemble sandwiches

Whisk butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice in bowl until smooth. Spread 1 heaping teaspoon filling over half of cookies, then top with remaining cookies, pressing lightly to adhere. Let filling set for 1 hour before serving. Makes about 42 sandwich cookies.

Palmetto Cocktail Pairing

In a mixing glass, combine 1½ ounces aged rum, 1½ ounces sweet vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters and ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a coupe glass.

Published on December 13, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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