Molasses Christmas Cookies and Treats

Whether you seek a classic Christmas cookie, like gingerbread people, or you're eager to try something new (did someone say ginger cookie butter?), let these molasses-based treats star in your holiday preparations. As a natural sweetener, molasses packs color, richness, and a whole lot of flavor into holiday goodies.

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    Fat Molasses Cookies

    Don't let the pretty scalloped edges fool you -- this cookie packs a powerful flavor punch. Cinnamon and a double dose of ginger balance with the molasses in this spicy-sweet treat. 

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    Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

    Pack on flavor, not pounds, with these low-calorie cookies. Each treat contains only 50 calories and 1 gram of fat. You can indulge guilt-free! 

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    Gingerbread Snow Globe City

    This gorgeous gingerbread city provides the perfect gift for a friend or family member with a sweet tooth. Roll out the gingerbread dough and score house shapes into it before baking. Once the cookies cool, rub them with powdered sugar for a snow-kissed look.  

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    Giant Ginger Cookies

    Bursting with spicy flavor, these large ginger cookies make perfect snacks or gifts. Each jumbo cookie is 4 inches wide and one batch makes more than two dozen treats.   

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    Make-Ahead Molasses Ginger Cookies

    Reduce your holiday stress by baking a batch of these cookies well in advance. Layer baked cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container, then freeze for up to three months. 

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    Ginger Cookie Butter

    Give a twist to a classic cookie by mixing up jars of homemade cookie butter. The butter is simple to whip up: Blend broken gingersnaps with a few liquids and spices until smooth. It's delicious spread on nut bread or scones.

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    Sugar-and-Spice Bark Cookies

    You'll want to be a Scrooge and hoard these gold-dusted bark cookies -- they're that good! Think a sugar cookie but with a hint of holiday spice. The treats get topped with a dusting of edible gold food color spray. 

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    Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

    A dash of cayenne pepper and brewed coffee add unexpected kicks to this gingerbread topped with edible glitter. Enjoy these cookie sticks with cups of coffee or tea. 

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    Gingerbread Pretzels

    Crystallized ginger tops these cute pretzel cookies. Though they take some time to shape, these treats make awesome additions to any cookie tray. 

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    Gingerbread Cutouts

    Gingerbread people cutouts are a classic for a reason -- they are sturdy and easy to decorate. Gather the family to pipe frosting and personalize each cookie with candy toppings.

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    Chai Spice Girls

    Chai and pumpkin pie spice star in these cozy cookies. Paired with powdered sugar icing, the gingerbread girls each contain a perfect balance of sugar and spice. 

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    Santa's Gingerbread Cookies

    These gigantic treats are Santa-approved. Each cookie uses 1/3 cup of dough! Serve them with steamy hot chocolate for perfect pick-me-ups after sledding or ice skating. 

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    Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

    Pumpkin isn't just for fall. These wow-worthy truffles marry two holiday flavors, pumpkin and gingerbread, for an impressive end to any holiday meal. Serve slightly chilled. 

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    Ginger Peppernuts

    These tiny spice cookies take bite-size flavor to a whole new level. They're made by rolling dough into rope shapes and cutting each rope into little pieces. This recipe packs in notes of cardamom, anise, and black pepper.

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    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday cookie bar recipes--including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies--make delicious gifts and holiday desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry dessert recipes to try first.
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