It is a cold, rainy and dreary day in Pittsburgh. I don’t know about you but this is when I crave a sweet cinnamon and molasses cookie. I look in my pantry to see what I can create with ingredients that I have on-hand. I then pull off the shelf Paula Deen & Friends cookbook, she has a gingerbread boys & girls recipe. But I don’t have all of the ingredients, oh well, lets just improvise!

Paula Deen’s recipe, what I used in parenthesis:

  • 3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs (3 eggs, moister)
  • 1/4 Cup molasses (heavy 1/4 Cup)
  • 3 3/4 Cups flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger (2 tsp.pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (1 tsp.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg (Omit, it’s in the pumpkin pie spice!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and brown sugar, add eggs and molasses. Combine. Sift flour with the rest of the ingredients. Mix until dough comes together.

If I were rolling out the dough and doing cut outs I would refrigerate, but I cannot wait that long. So I roll the dough into walnut size pieces then proceed to roll them into sugar and pumpkin pie spice, I used up my cinnamon! (1 Cup sugar with 1tsp. spice) Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten balls with tines of a fork. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes. Since they don’t spread you can space them rather close.

The house is smelling like autumn, the scent of molasses, cinnamon and yes, that pumpkin pie spice we purchased almost a year ago, and never seem to use.
I anxiously await as my craving bakes. Drool runs down my chin. When the timer goes off, I throw up the shutters and open the sash, I mean the oven. I cannot wait for them to cool, I pop one in my mouth while hot! Hmmm…. not sweet enough. So Paula does have an icing recipe below the gingerbread boys & girls recipe.

Paula’s Icing

  • 1 Cup powered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tblsp. milk

Plus, I add:

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( I am determined to use this up by Thanksgiving!)

Mix together. I make a cone out of wax paper, for I am out of parchment.
Let cookies cool completely, then drizzle with icing. I drizzled them twice, so they crisscross.

This is an easier and quicker way to get to the finished product. They may not be as cute as gingerbread boys & girls, but they sure do taste the same. My tea is steeped, it is time to do some serious dunking


  1. Amazing how you find things in your kitchen and can just throw things together and make something so delicious and perfect for the day or your craving….Not many have that talent….

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