Oh, talking about substitute here, I could not, for the life of me, find molasses here, in Shenyang but La Belle Aurore got into fast gear and used, by the ‘seat of her pants…’, a plan ‘B’ to get it done.
Marvellous cookies, not too sweet, a ‘man’ cookie!
4 cups of white flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of dried ground ginger
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of Very dark brown sugar (this is my substitute : use very dark brown sugar mixed with 1/3 cup of very hot water. The sugar will get into the stage of molasses, even will smell and taste like molasses)
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of hot water
Mix flour, baking soda, spices, salt in a bowl. Set aside
Mix the brown sugar, water and butter together, let it sit for 5 minutes. Add to the dry mix and mix by hand until the dough forms into a ball.
Put the mixture in the fridge, for a good 2 hours.
Roll out the dough, use a cookie cutter or like me, a glass to cut the cookies. In this particular recipe, I cuted plain cookies and cookies with a small hole in it. Lay out on a greased cookie pan, the plain cookie, drop about a dollop of strawberry jam in the middle and cover the plain cookie with another one made with a small hole in the middle. Press firmly the edges of each cookie, so the jam will not escape during the baking.
Bake at 375F, for 17 minutes. Once the cookies are baked, add another teaspoon of jam right in the middle of the opening while the cookies are burning hot. Let it sit for a while and then, pass them around to your good friends.