Christy Cowell of Pasadena was one of the 10 winners of our first Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these humble-looking holiday treats:
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Submitted by Christy Cowell of Pasadena
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
Servings: About 12 dozen cookies
1/2 cup molasses
3 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
1 1/2 pounds walnuts, coarsely chopped
About 6 ½ cups flour
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, molasses and brown sugar. Beat in the water, then the baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Beat in the walnuts, and then half of the flour. It's best to beat in the rest of the flour by hand; this recipe makes a lot of dough, possibly too much for some mixers.
3. Roll out the dough in batches on a well-floured surface to a generous one-fourth-inch thickness. Cut the dough into diamond shapes and bake on lightly greased sheets until the bottom is lightly browned but the top has yet to color, 11 to 13 minutes.
4. Pack in air-tight containers; these are good for two to three months and they ship well.
Each of 12 dozen cookies: 79 calories; 1 gram protein; 12 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 3 grams fat; 0 saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 6 grams sugar; 21 mg sodium.