My mother-in-law starts early in the fall to make pâtés and pies for the Holidays. She has four boys and they all played hockey when they were young. Let me tell you that she had to prepare big meals every day of the week to feed those boys. Because they were involved in sports my father-in-law made them an ice rink in the backyard every winter. More boys would come join the family to play hockey outside. They would sometimes be invited in the house for a treat. One of the traditions in their family is to make 'galettes à la mélasse': Molasses cookies. When I met my husband he was proudly talking about those famous galettes.
Over the years I have been trying different recipes to try to re-create those memories he had growing up. At one point my mother-in-law gave me her recipe but I could not find it this week. I found another one and they turned out to be pretty good. I like thick molasses cookies that are filled with spices. On Sunday my daughter came home with her friends for an afternoon of knitting and we indulged in those cookies. My daughter went home with some cookies to share with her roommate.
During the month of December I like to bake cookies and squares. I have some recipes that I have been making for years, and my kids expect to eat them when celebrate during the holidays. I will also be bringing homemade baked goods to family members when we go visit them in Quebec. It always puts a smile on their faces.
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2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Gay Lea butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 tbsps milk
1- Preheat oven to 350F. Place a Silpat or Parchemin paper on a cookie sheet.
2- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt together.
3- In a KitchenAid mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and beat another 30 seconds.
4- Add flour and milk. On low setting beat until flour and mix are well combined.
5- Using an ice cream scoop of 1/4 cup place cookie dough on cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between dough.
6- Bake at 350F for 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool the cookies on a cookie rack.
Adapted from Ricardo
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