Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cookies are Good for You


It’s funny that while writing this up, I finally decided to find out what this crazy weed was that is growing in my yard under the bird feeder. It looks like a corn stalk, and I have been letting it grow because I wanted to see what it would do, (that sounds like the opening line to a very, very bad B-movie.) It turns out that the top started to develop small seeds.

It took me only a couple quick image searches to discover that I had sorghum growing in the yard. Being from the Midwest, I recognized the term sorghum as a regular crop grown in Illinois.

It is a cereal crop, which is why I had it in my birdseed, but it can also be used to create sweet sorghum. Sweet sorghum is not the same as molasses, but it can be used the same as any of the varieties of molasses, which is derived from cane sugar.

Molasses is what brings us here today. Sweet, sticky molasses.

Besides being sweet, molasses has a lot of health benefits, too.

It is good for your energy levels. It adds a lot of B to your diet. It is said to have antioxidant properties, and is a great source of iron. Click here to read some more of these wonderful molasses properties.

All of these natural benefits  probably are not the reasons that Connie of The Singing Beader says that her husband, Mike, calls the following cookies his favorite. I bet it is because they are chewy and tasty!

We should all give these a try this year. I know everyone has some blackstrap molasses in their pantry! I use Grandma’s molasses.

Prep time 20 minutes
Servings 3 Dozen
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 3/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Sugar for coating (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, butter and molasses together.
3. Beat in egg until light and fluffy.
4. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger cloves and nutmeg together until well combined.
5. Cover dough and refrigerate for about an hour.  This makes handling the dough much easier.
6. Roll dough into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls.
7. Roll each ball in sugar to coat.
8. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
9. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute before removing cookies and placing on wire rack to cool.
11. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Here are some more sweet delights that are sure to be a hit with your gift giving.

Pink Copper Bronze Heart Earrings, Handmade Valentine Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 


Florida Beach Path Scene, Shadow Dancers 11 x 15 watercolor print


Speckled Yellow Blue Tan Spring Lampwork Bracelet and .925 Earrings

Kats All That 

Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Handmade From Walnut Wood

Kevs Krafts 

Melting Heart Scarf, Holiday Neckwarmer

Crafting Memories 

Wooden Barrel In Garden Solvang CA Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 


Andrea Designs 

Multicolored Charm Bracelet, Glass Silver Dipped Bead Tips

The Singing Beader


Christmas Chocolate Candy Earrings, Lampwork Petit Fours Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

Satin Black Ivory Green Lampwork Teardrop Pendant Necklace

Covergirl Beads 

Brown Lampwork Beaded Necklace with Red Stripe Agates, Necklace for Women

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:

Countdown to Christmas 2020 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2020 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2020 Week 3

Too Fruity to be Candy

It Moose be Christmas

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  1. I usually get a few stalks of sorghum growing under my bird feeder (except this year), too. Fun when the heads ripen to watch the birds pick off the seeds. Thanks so much, Julie, for the sharing my petit fours earrings. Will tweet and pin the items and share the blog far and wide. Treats to Handsome Harry from Speckled Moose.

  2. Thank you, Julie and Harry, for another great week and for including my scarf. Those cookie sound delicious. I will have to try them.
    Shared all including your blog post.
    Treats to Harry from the gang!

  3. I'm hungry for cookies now! Thanks so much for sharing Mike's favorite cookie recipe including a link to my shop and also showing my multicolored charm bracelet. Sharing very soon!

  4. More yummy cookie recipes to put in my stash for the upcoming holidays. Can't wait for the heat to be over so that I can start trying these.

  5. All have been tweeted, pinned and hash tagged.

  6. Awesome story to start off this wonderful blog. Thank you Julie and Harry for including my heart earrings. Off to share.

  7. Thanks, Julie and Harry, for including my black, ivory and green lampwork necklace on your mid-week blog. Love your selections. Am pinning and tweeting them all and your blog. Connie's cookies sound delicious.

  8. Julie,
    Thank you for including my red knitted scarf to your collection. It's a free App called PlantNet Plant Identification, it will identify the plant by the flower or the leave.
    Have a great week!