In my previous life, I spent a lot of time on the road and in hotels. Once a year a week was spent in Louisville, Kentucky at the Seelbach Hotel. If memory serves me right, it wasn’t a convenient location to our daily destination, but I think the co-workers and I wound up there year after year for the turndown service that included a cookie. Since this is a Hilton, and DoubleTree is “by” Hilton, I figured any cookie called the DoubleTree was worth a try.
The ones at this hotel were the thickest chocolate chip cookies I had ever seen. They weren’t gooey like most thick chocolate chips cookies, they were cakey. I don’t really remember there being any oats in them, but perhaps they were able to grind their oats into a much finer powder than my handy dandy food processor can.
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There are probably thousands of some variation of this ground oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie running loose in the world. There are probably as many stories out there as to where this recipe even originated. I first ran across a version in Ann Hodge’s Beat This! Cookbook back in the day when I collected cookbooks.
I don’t believe this recipe actually hails from Neiman Marcus, Mrs. Field’s, or anywhere else. I just know the urban legend that surrounds it. Regardless, this makes a great cookie. I usually serve these with hot chocolate New year’s Eve, unless of course I have made homemade cinnamon rolls.
When you make it, do not leave them in the oven longer than stated in the recipe, or any other version of this recipe you find. It will turn into a moon rock. This cookie will also go stale FAST, so be prepared to eat them the day you make them or have room in the freezer to put them up before they have a chance to dry out.
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Molasses cookies are the one cookie that embodies all the warm spices of the holidays; cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. The flavor kind of reminds me of gingerbread men. If you are only going to bake one cookie this holiday season, you should make it this one.
This cookie is soft and chewy. Since it is rolled into sugar prior to baking, it sparkles too. The flavors are strong enough that it holds up well under a light coating of almond bark or chocolate coating. If you really want to dress this one up, add some holiday sprinkles.
This recipe can be halved, but since it requires at least an hour in the refrigerator prior to baking, I make the whole batch at once. Yes, it does make a lot of cookies, but if I had to guess, I would guess these are made mostly around the holidays and holidays mean sharing right? So go ahead and make them all and spread some holiday cheer.
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