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These little gems combine the rich flavors of chocolate and molasses with holiday spices to make a blissful experience. They make me feel nostalgic, which is why I chose the name “hospitality cookies” for them.
You will need:
1 pint-sized mason jar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup sugar
Mixes that use spices are a lot of fun to package. My mom and I used to add them to our jars with a bit of force to make trails down the sides of the jar. It gives the mix some extra color. When preparing, you can start by adding the spices first, or add them throughout the layering process.
Add the ingredients to a pint-sized mason jar, tapping the jar on a hard, flat surface as you go, ensuring that the layers lie flat. Finish by adding the sugar to the top of the jar. The 1/2 cup should fill it to the top but adding more won't hurt!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Empty contents into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup softened vegan margarine, 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Using your hands, roll the cookie dough into walnut sized balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Space evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten gently with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 16 cookies.
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