Molasses, also known as Black treacle is particular in taste and aroma. It is mostly used for sweetening or flavoring cookies and cakes.
Not a very familiar taste for all of us I know, but If you add it in small amounts, you will definitely enjoy the taste.
Here are my Molasses flavored milk cookies. They are tasty, sweet and different from the usual.
You will need:
1 1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp of anise seeds
1 tbsp of orange blossom water
200 grams of powdered sugar
500 grams of all purpose flour
2 tbsps of Mahlab
1/2 tsp of anise powder
1 1/2 tsp of instant dry yeast
150 grams of soft but not melted butter
3 tbsps of cooking oil
3 to 4 tablespoons of Molasses.
On medium heat stir together sugar, anise seeds, orange blossom water and milk until hot but not boiling. Set aside and let cool.
Mix together all purpose flour, Mahlab, anise powder and instant dry yeast.
Add to that the soft butter and cooking oil. Mix by hand until everything comes together. Add the molasses. Start with 3 tablespoons and once mixed check the color. The darker the color, the stronger the taste. If you like the taste to be strong continue adding the 4th or even a 5th tablespoon.
Strain the now "warm milk" and pour. Knead again by hand until everything comes together about 2 or 3 minutes.
The dough will feel sticky. It's ok.
NOTE: Mahlab is an aromatic spice that you can find in the spice section of your local supermarket.
NOTE: The milk should be Warm when you pour it. Yeast needs warm milk to react so make sure it is not cold.
Cover the dough with cling film wrap and let rest for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.
Shape your cookies and place them on trays covered with baking paper.
Let rest for another half an hour.
Preheat your oven at 170 degrees.
Bake 17 to 22 minutes depending on your oven
NOTE: this recipe makes 30 to 40 cookies.
Double it if you like!