Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 22nd December 2010

The kids made a list of their “Best Christmas Cookies” and “Mémère’s” Soft Molasses Cookies were at the top of the list.

A photo of miniature Soft Molasses Cookies cut in Christmas tree shapes, decorated and displayed on a bed of white coarse sugar in a martini glass.

“Mémère” (French for Grandmother) generally sandwiches the cookies with jam but I wanted to put my own spin on the Molasses Cookies; I rolled the cookies using my new Christmas Cookie Cutters – Bonhommes de pain d’épice (Gingerbread Men), pièce canne de bonbons (Candy Canes), Arbres de Noël (Christmas Trees) and pièce Bonhommes de neige (Snowmen) and then decorated them with Royal Icing tinted in various colours.

A photo of Molasses Cookies cut in the shape of candy canes and decorated with Royal Icing displayed in a row on a bed of blue sanding sugar on a white rectangular plate.

Plus I had to do something with all the cookie decorations I purchased throughout the month.  I guess I went a little overboard.  By the time I was done gathering all the decorations I realized rather quickly I had enough to decorate probably 2000 cookies (I am not exaggerating!), if not more.

A photo of various Molasses Cookies cut into Christmas shapes, Snowmen, Gingerbread Men, Candy Canes and Christmas Trees decorated with tinted Royal Icing on a wire cooling rack.

And, believe it or not, are you sitting down?  This is the very first time I’ve rolled and decorated cookies!  I was hoping (actually, secretly praying!) my daughter, Liana, was going to join in on the experience.  I knew with her artistic ability the cookies would look phenomenal.  Guess what?  Liana was not at all interested in the making and decorating of the cookies.  Apparently, she was, however, interested in the eating.

A photo of Soft Molasses Cookies in the shape of Snowmen, Gingerbread Men and Christmas Trees decorated with tinted Royal Icing.

Mysteriously most of the Christmas Trees went missing, leaving me only a precious few. I learned my lesson; bake and decorate on the same day!

I’ve also learned I really must take a decorating class – the sooner the better.  Piping is not my strong suit! It took me the better part of a day to pipe and decorate 40+ cookies.

A photo of miniature Soft Molasses Cookies cut in the shape of Christmas Trees and stars decorated with tinted Royal Icing and dragees and sprinkles displayed on a bed of pink sanding sugar.

I can only hope by the time I’m done using all the decorations I’ll be an expert cookie decorator.

A photo of Soft Molasses Cookies cut in the shape of various Christmas shapes and decorated with tinted Royal Icing and sprinkles, dragees and sanding sugar.

Thank you Mémère!  The Soft Molasses Cookies were a hit; full of flavour and the texture was just right.

If you’re looking for other Holiday Sweets, please take a look my Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Marshmallow Filling and foolproof Holiday Fudge – Chocolate Marshmallow and White Chocolate.

A photo of Molasses Cookies rolled and cut into Christmas shapes, Christmas Tree and Stars displayed on a bed of white sanding sugar in a large glass pedestal bowl.

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Comments (18)

18 Responses to “Soft Molasses Cookies”

  1. eatgreek.net Says:

    they are amazing! I love the decorations! :-)

  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    your cookies are so adorable! i love how you decorated them.

  3. Maria Says:

    I love the bright colors. Nice work!

  4. Jeanette Says:

    These are absolutely adorable, and I think you did a great job piping!

  5. Tes Says:

    These cookies look so lovely :) They sounds delicious and fun to make :)

  6. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    You are an expert cookie decorator! These came out beautiful. Love the way you display then in the coarse sugar “snow.” Merry Christmas. XO

  7. Grace Says:

    You are sweet sweet, thank you Marla! Merry Christmas to you and your family, hope you have a beautiful Christmas day.

  8. inka Says:

    It took me a while to find you on LI, but here I am! Just in time as it is still Christmas. You are an artist, these cookie decorations are picture perfect. If you have time to visit my blog you will find a Turkish treat in my latest post.

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective Says:

    Hi! Found you on foodbuzz! These are AMAZING cookies! You must have great patience (and talent) to decorate like that!

  10. LimeCake Says:

    Such gorgeous cookies! It’s past Christmas but I could easily still have these!

  11. Kori Says:

    Molasses cookies are a favorite holiday treat in our house too…and I love how you used such brightly colored icing! I’ll have to remember that for next year :)

  12. Rose Silver Says:

    These are amazing cookies. I will surely try all of your recipes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Rose!

  14. Melanie Schoenhut Says:

    Those are so cute. I can’t make a great decoration or design of cookies. I guess I will try many times to perfect it. LOL. But you are truly awesome and a perfect decorator.

  15. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Melanie, hopefully with practice I will get better.

  16. Julie Says:

    Your cookies look fantastic (found them via foodgawker this morning)! Don’t be so hard on yourself, the decorating came out lovely!
    Definitely going to make up a batch for my holiday cookie trays.

  17. Grace Says:

    Thank you Julie, you’re so sweet. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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