Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, making these chewy cookies a treat with a healthy trick if you’re anemic and iron tablets make you queasy. Add a tablespoon of ground flax seed for a boost of fiber and potassium, too.
Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix in a small bowl:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoons ground cardamom (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
In a medium bowl cream together:
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, melted
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
Place in a shallow bowl:
- Coarse raw sugar
Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls (if dough is sticky, chill 20 minutes). Roll in sugar and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2″ apart.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around edges (over-baked cookies won’t be chewy).
Transfer to wire racks and let cool.