Sometimes you make something and, right away, you know it’s a winner. But often, it takes quite a bit of trial and error before kitchen experiment turns into a recipe worth keeping.
I started making molasses cookies last month, to send in holiday care packages.
I tried an online recipe so bad that, after foisting a cookie on my husband, I threw the rest of the batch out. I devised my own approach the next time around and was much happier, but then a subsequent batch turned out almost rubbery. I wondered what went wrong until much later that evening when we discovered an egg still resting on the kitchen counter.
Fortunately, I remembered the egg the next time and, after a few more adjustments, the end result was a soft, chewy molasses cookie coated with sugar for a little sweet crunch….