This old-school recipe from Betty Crocker is an easy, ideal holiday cookie. It has the classic wintry flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and is virtually self-decorating: As the balls of dough bake, they flatten and crack open on their own, making a pretty exterior without the need for icing or cookie cutters. Serve with a hot toddy on a cold winter night, ideally by a crackling fire while the snow falls.
What to buy: There are various intensities of molasses available, from light to blackstrap. Dark (sometimes marketed as robust) tastes best in this recipe.
Sanding sugar is sometimes labeled pearl sugar and can be found in gourmet grocery and cooking stores. It will give a bright sparkle to these cookies.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy-Easy Christmas Cookies.