Cookie Exchanges & Molasses Cookie Recipe

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I love the idea of having a cookie exchange any time of year! Why not mix it up a little? Jen is a faithful reader and commenter of Vanderbilt Wife. Thanks, Jen, for this guest post! 

There are some things I’ll never understand. Like, why do people only break out the pumpkin around Thanksgiving? And, deviled eggs. Yes, a great picnic food, but why not all year round? Next year, I think I’ll make pumpkin pie for Easter and deviled eggs for Thanksgiving. That will really throw everyone for a loop. Which brings me to Christmas and cookies. Why the big push for cookies at Christmastime? I need them all year round!

We recently had our annual mother’s club cookie exchange. What could be more exciting than going to a party and coming home with six dozen different kinds of cookies? It *could* have something to do with the fact that I’m 33 weeks pregnant. Maybe.

Never done a cookie exchange? Here’s how it works. Everyone who is participating tells the other participants what type of cookie they are planning to make. That way there are no duplicates and plenty of variety. The number of people participating is the number of dozen cookies you make and bring to the party. The extra dozen is for everyone to enjoy at the party.

One of our moms hosts the cookie exchange, and we all bring our kids. The cookies were wonderful and the company delightful! Here is what I came home with: Chocolate Pecan Bark, Butter Cookies, Cracker Candy (this should just be shortened to Crack Candy, really), White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Caramel Bars, and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mint Sprinkles.

This year, I opted for my tried and true molasses cookies. Now, I never considered myself to be a fan of spice or gingerbread cookies. I think it’s because I love soft, chewy cookies and those cookies were always crunchy when I tried them. These cookies are chewy, spicy, sugary rounds of goodness. They are by far my husband’s favorite and most requested cookie.

Molasses Cookies


  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 c. white sugar for rolling cookies


Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat for one minute.

Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Put white sugar in shallow bowl or pie plate. Use tablespoon cookie scoop and roll balls in sugar completely. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Makes 4 ½ dozen cookies.

Have you ever done a cookie exchange? What is your favorite crowd-pleasing cookie recipe?

Jennifer Young is wife to Jay and mommy to Tommy & Baby Girl due early 2011. She recently decided to leave a career in commercial real estate to be an at-home mom. Jen loves baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She also has a now-defunct blog A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That.

Added to Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries.

2 thoughts on “Cookie Exchanges & Molasses Cookie Recipe

  1. Yes, I love cookies exchanges…I participate in one every year. They are such great ways to try a variety of cookies without having to make them all.

    I love plain sugar cookies with decorative icing!

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