Pomegranate Molasses Cookies!

by Michelle on February 21, 2010

Haven’t the Olympics been fun so far! Maybe it’s just me but I cried right along with Lindsey Vonn when she won the Gold Metal in the Women’s Downhill. I was just so happy for her! So thrilling to work so hard and meet your own personal goal and to do it with so much grace and style!

And Shaun White…is this guy cute or what! Loved it when twitter went viral with “Super size it Shaun” as Shaun prepared for his second run at the Half Pipe. So exciting and with no fear what.so.ever and then to top it off with a Double McTwist 1260 and all in Super Hero Style! And he did it after hitting his head on the top of pipe wall during a practice run! Unbelievable!!

I’m not a big fan of David Letterman but Shaun’s commentary is wonderful. Please take a minute to view the below video.

I don’t know about you but this winter weather is getting ridiculous and thank goodness I have my baking and the Olympics to keep me sane, otherwise I’d be climbing on the roof and waving a white flag of surrender for sure! I’m not a big Milk and Cookies person, but a tall, cold glass of milk with some chewy Molasses Cookies seemed like the perfect treat while watching the Olympics.

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I used my Mom’s Molasses Cookie Recipe but of course I had to tweak it a bit! And sorry Mom but I think my tweaked Pomegranate Molasses Cookies are beyond delicious!

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Pomegranate Molasses Cookies
Recipe adapted from my Mom

1 c sugar
3/4 c. shortening (I used butter)
1 egg
4 TBL Molasses (I used 1 TBL Molasses and 3 TBL Pomegranate Molasses)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 c. flour

Mix all ingredients. Chill dough for at least an hour. Makes ball into size of walnut and roll in coarse white sugar. Place balls of cookie dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. DO NOT PRESS DOWN. Bake at 350 degrees until bottoms are just slightly browned about 10-12 minutes.

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  • Allie and Pattie February 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Michelle, pomegranite molasses sounds incredible! Where do I get it?? I am having so much trouble since we moved to NC finding things that are readily available in NY. Yum!
    xoxo Pattie

  • Michelle February 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Pomegranate Molasses is always stocked in a Middle Eastern Store. But I picked up several bottles at my grocery store that I shop at weekly. Pomegranate Molasses has been popular for a while now, so many grocery stores are now stocking it.

    You can make sure own by slowly reducing 100% Pomegranate juice until it’s thick and dark. Do be careful though because it will burn easily. I reduce many juices and use them as flavoring rather then vanilla.

    Michelle

  • Julie Harward February 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I LOVE these kind of cookies..perfect for this sunday afternoon! I am enjoying the Olympics too..such great young people! I’m having a give a way, come see! 😀

  • The Muse February 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    ooo i retweeted!
    i can close my eyes and simply smell them, fresh from the oven :)

    yes, olympics are awesome…such talent…one cannot help but get emotional!

  • Pam February 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Anything with that kind of sugar on it, gets me every time.

  • Lori E February 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Shaun is so cute…are you sure he isn’t Canadian? No? Can’t blame a girl for trying.
    Big hockey game this afternoon between us Michelle. I hope we are still speaking at the end of it.

  • Danielle February 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I haven’t had time to watch much of the olympics but I did enjoy the opening ceremony…thought it was beautiful and very soul touching (I’m partial to canada cuz my mom’s side of the family is from there)
    As for your cookies…..I really would like one of those!! (or 2 or 3 or more). As a matter of fact, I think I’ll go bake some cookies right now :)

  • George Gaston February 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Michael, you definitely should get a gold medal for your tweaking Mom’s recipe. These cookies look incredible!

    Spring is right around the corner, but until ~ I hope you keep posting great things like this. Thanks…

  • mrs. c February 22, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Yummy looking cookies, I can taste them!!! I’m with you, I never developed the Letterman craze….but I adore Shaun White, we have been watching him snow and skateboard for years. I have a 19 year old son who does both as well. When my daughter lived in Alaska we went to visit and snowboarded for 7 hours. My son has been on double black diamond at Alieska, Steamboat and telluride. I understand the “no fear” I just can’t do it!

  • Fresh Local and Best February 22, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I’m going to have to look up pomegranate molasses, I’m intrigued! This looks like a yummy cookie!

  • Sook February 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Shaun White is so awesome! I was so happy when he won the gold the other night. I just love his cheery attitude. He’s such a great athlete, too. These cookies look wonderful. Yum!

  • Joanne February 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I wish I could watch the olympics more but I’ve been immersed in anatomy! I will live vicariously through your cookies. I feel like they adequately represent the excitement of the olympic-watching process. Really – so delicious!

  • Heather February 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

    These cookies look good! I would like to bake them for my next package to our Troops – I guess you buy pomegranite molasses from a specialty store?

  • Michelle February 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Heather,

    Pomegranate Molasses is quite popular so check at your local grocery store first. If not there see if you can find a local Middle Eastern Store.

    You can make sure own by Pomegranate Molasses slowly reducing 100% Pomegranate juice until it’s thick and dark. Do be careful though because it will burn easily.

    Michelle

  • Kat February 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Shaun ROCKS! I love his personality. And of course he is awesome on the board. I have been enjoying most of the olympics too. And………..I am so ready for spring to get here, but after the “fool” sping this weekend, we are back to cold. I did enjoy the little tease. Most ridiculous winter yet.

  • ABowlOfMush February 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Those cookies sound delicious!

    I haven’t tried pomegranate molasses yet!

  • ~Jewel February 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    OMG, these sound divine. I’m torn between you being my hero and you making me feel inadequate. Hero is winning!

  • görel February 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    What a great idea! It’s easy to find pomegranate syrup in Sweden nowadays, not only in the Middle Eastern shops but also in larger supermarkets.

    We have 2 feet snow and very cold, although my Leonberger loves it, I’ve had enough. I’m not a sports fan, but I couldn’t agree more about the baking to maintain sanity!

  • Kim February 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’m really wanting to try some pomegranate molasses. I keep hearing about it lately. The cookies look terrific and I too have really been enjoying the Olympics.

  • YankeeQuilter February 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Like the twist on these cookies…I’ll be out hunting for that molasses too…

  • tasteofbeirut February 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Michelle
    You really impressed me here! What a fantastic idea to use pomegranate molasses for the American-style cookies! Brilliant! You know in Lebanon different types of molasses are used for baked goods but never pomegranate. This is truly innovative, bravo!

  • Barbara Bakes February 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the video – love Shaun! I’d love these cookies too!

  • biz319 February 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    We lucked out on the snow, right?! But I am with you, I am DONE with winter!

    Gorgeous cookies!

  • teresa February 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    thanks for posting that clip, we don’t normally get to watch tv during the olympics, so i hadn’t seen that before, amazing!

    the cookies look divine! i love molasses in my cookies, they’re so good!

  • Bonnie February 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Michelle, I love molasses cookies. I never thougt to try it with pomegranate molasses, but I will now. They looke so beautiful.

  • Mimi February 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    When did the Olympian get so young! It has been fun watching the talented athletes perform.
    Your cookies look delicious, now I need to get pomegranate molasses.
    Mimi

  • Cristie February 23, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Delicious looking cookies, baked or unbaked! Thanks for the lesson in reducing jucies.

  • Rebecca @ InsideCuisine.com February 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    They sure sound yummy Michelle – love pomegranate so hi ho off to a Middle Eastern store I go

    Thanks for generosity of sharing your mum’s recipe too @frombecca x

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) February 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I never knew, Michelle! Always wondered how some people get their cookies coated so beautifully with sugar crystals. Now I do! Those cookies are PERFECT. I follow the Winter Olympics on and off too … the sport that really fascinates and amuses me to no end is curling!!! LOL!

  • Kathleen February 24, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Oh yes, they look good, but never tell mama yours are better..that’s a no no and you are now out of the will! :)

  • Maria March 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I want a cookie!

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