Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton

Ruth Moulton's Spice Balls

Note that these "balls" will be flat after baking.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: about 48 small cookies
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Ingredients

12 tablespoons ( 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup molasses

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon table salt

Directions

  1. Combine the butter and 1 cup of the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg and molasses.
  2. Sift the flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt together onto a piece of parchment. Add to the butter mixture in 2 batches, beating just until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a pie plate. Shape the dough into walnut-size balls and roll in the sugar to coat. Arrange 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets and bake until cracked and dry but still soft, about 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cool on wire racks.

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