Thursday, December 30, 2021

Molasses Ginger Snap Cookies @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Since it's not the New Year yet, and we have one last holiday to pack in before kicking 2021 to the sideline, I thought we needed one last cookie recipe. I included molasses cookies in my first Key West mystery, AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. (I believe I borrowed that recipe from my sister-in-law.) These cookies are a little crunchier and also a bit spicier, especially if you get a bite with the fresh ginger in it. Feel free to increase the flavors you like by punching them up a little. I could imagine these served with a small bowl of vanilla or coffee ice cream...or maybe as a pick-me-up with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

I did not use the chai but did include vanilla!


3/4 cup butter, room temp

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

¼ cup molasses

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Several grinds of fresh pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

Sugar for rolling

Beat the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy Add the molasses, vanilla, fresh ginger, and egg. 

Beat gently. Sift together flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt, add to first mixture. 

Mix well and chill for at least an hour, to overnight. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit for half an hour.

 Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in sugar. 

Place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake at 350 for about ten minutes until the tops begin to brown and crack. Cool on a wire rack.

In addition to Lucy's Key West food critic mysteries, she's written a thriller called Unsafe Haven! 

About Unsafe Haven
A chance meeting on the New York subway leads to the destinies of two very different women becoming intertwined with terrifying consequences in this nerve-jangling thriller.

Sixteen-year-old Addison is on the run. She's leaving her life on New York's streets behind for a new one with Rafe, armed with just his phone number on a scrap of paper. She's taking the subway to meet him in New Jersey. He'll take care of her. Or so she thinks . . .

Elizabeth Brown's world has fallen apart and she's thinking about her newly ex-fiancé. Until she locks eyes with a teenage girl while waiting for the train doors to open, and a bundle is thrust into her arms as she leaves the subway. A baby, wrapped in a dirty coat.

Elizabeth phones the number she finds in the coat pocket. Then wishes she hadn't. Someone wants Addison and the baby. And they'll do whatever it takes to get them . . .

In a major departure from her lighthearted Key West mysteries, Burdette invites readers into the world of a chilling thriller. (Unsafe Haven is) a page-turner highlighting the problem of exploited runaways.

—Kirkus Reviews

If you'd like a nibble before you buy, read the first chapter here. And if you'd like to read more about the genesis of the book, read this post from Jungle Red Writers.

Ways to buy your copy of UNSAFE HAVEN:

Book depository 


Barnes and Noble 


Severn House 

And if this is not in your budget (which I totally get,) you can invite your local library to order a copy!


  1. I make a very similar cookie, but I add some minced crystallized ginger as well. The contrast with the fresh ginger adds interest.

  2. These look fabulous, Lucy/Roberta, a wonderful cookie for coffee and tea breaks. Thanks for sharing and Marc and I wish you a very Happy New Year! xoxo ~ Cleo

  3. Yikes! I missed yesterday.
    These sound warming and tasty.

    Best wishes for the coming new year.

  4. I have copied this recipe into my file and I looking forward to trying it. Since I am not big on chocolate (horrors) this sounds delicious to me. lrj