question for bakers about molasses cookies

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by ctmom05, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. ctmom05

    ctmom05 Member

    I have plenty of general baking experience, but have never made molasses cookies. The recipes I've looked over so far ask for one ingredient that I don't have - cloves.

    For those of you who have made molasses cookies before; any idea on how well they will turn out, if I make them without the cloves? I don't want to buy cloves because I don't have any other recipes that I would use them in.
  2. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    It just won't have the kick or bite to it that some cookies have. I wouldn't worry about it.
    Be aware that with-the molasses, it will be a sticky, gooey mess. But well worth it. :)
  3. Mom2oddson

    Mom2oddson Active Member

    I love molasses cookies. But, I agree that they won't have quite the right bite without the cloves. You could check grocery stores that sell spices in bulk. I've done that before on spices that I only use once in a great while. And when you buy a tablespoons worth, it's cheap. Or try the dollar stores. The spices are a little bit old and not quite as strong, but still good. That way there isn't a lot of expense.
  4. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    My recipe for molasses cookies doesn't have cloves in them. Maybe that is why even my kids like it!

    Let me know if you want me to post it.
  5. DaisyFace

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    A good substitute for the cloves is Allspice...

    (and yes, I think if you leave the spice out completely, the cookies will be a little blander than they should be...)