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Hey, everyone! Sooo excited for the holidays, with pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies, gingerbread and molasses = so wonderful! BUT I recently made some "Molasses Crinkles," using dark corn syrup, becaus
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What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/19/2010 9:32 PM EST
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Hey, everyone!

Sooo excited for the holidays, with pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies, gingerbread and molasses = so wonderful!

BUT I recently made some "Molasses Crinkles," using dark corn syrup, because every time I buy molasses, I use 1/2 cup or less, and then the bottle sits there for years.

But the molasses crinkles weren't nearly spicy enough (they called for cinnamon and I believe ground ginger -- I could perhaps add more of the latter).  However, what I really missed was that dark, chewy spiciness.

Does anyone have good solutions for using up the rest of that molasses?  (Without making 10 batches of the molasses crinkles? :)

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/19/2010 11:14 PM EST
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I suggest you add about 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 2 tsp ground ginger and 2 tsp cinnamon to your molasses cookie recipe is it makes about 4 doz cookies.
And IMHO dark syrup shouldn't be used as a sub for molasses - they're very different.
I make so many molasses cookies - Gingersnaps - that I have to keep buying new jars of molasses.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/19/2010 11:55 PM EST
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I like to use molasses in my baked beans. Have been doing it for years.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/19/2010 11:56 PM EST
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I always have the same problem! I'm planning on trying this recipe for Thanksgiving this year -> http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/molasses-whipped-sweet-potatoes. My grandma uses molasses in the frosted gingerbread cookies she makes every year for Christmas and my mom makes a fantastic Brown Bread that uses bran flakes and molasses. Sorry I don't have the recipes myself! But maybe those will give you some ideas anyway :)

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/20/2010 1:51 AM EST
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I use to have the same problem until I started making dog treats,now I have to buy extra for that.That's not a solution for everyone but for you doggie lovers out there it might be.I have a recipe if anyone is interested.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/20/2010 6:36 AM EST
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I too hate it when you buy a special ingredient to use in a recipe & it takes up room in my cabinet for years.  Usually I end up tossing it out after getting tired of looking at it.  Then - guess what? - Suddenly I need just a bit more again.  So that starts the cycle all over again.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/20/2010 7:39 AM EST
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Do a search for foods prepared using molasses. That way you can pick and choose what you'd like to make.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/21/2010 9:41 PM EST
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Make brown sugar with your molasses.  For each cup of white sugar add 1 Tb molasses for light brown sugar 2 Tb for darker brown sugar.  If you like the stronger flavor just add a bit more.  I quite often make my own brown sugar.
I also have a GREATrecipe for Sticky Ginger Squares that is to DIE for.  Check out http://www.kingarthurflour.com and do a recipe search for Sticky Ginger Squares.  When I make them I double the amount of crystallized ginger the recipe calls for.  They are better to eat the day after they are made.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/22/2010 6:18 AM EST
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I still can't find any crystallized ginger in this area.  The grocery people I ask about it have never even heard of it.
Anyone know hwere I can order some?

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/22/2010 7:16 AM EST
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Thanks nikki -- I've ordered some crystallized ginger and it's on its way!

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/22/2010 11:57 PM EST
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In Response to Re: What to do with all that molasses?!:
I suggest you add about 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 2 tsp ground ginger and 2 tsp cinnamon to your molasses cookie recipe is it makes about 4 doz cookies. And IMHO dark syrup shouldn't be used as a sub for molasses - they're very different. I make so many molasses cookies - Gingersnaps - that I have to keep buying new jars of molasses.
Posted by Nancy G


Hi, Nancy!  Do you mean add the ground cloves, et al. if I'm going to use the dark syrup again?

I do agree with you about dark syrup being a poor substitute for real molasses.

If people who posted replies here get a hold of the recipes you referred to (including the doggie treats) feel free to post!

I'm going to check out the sticky ginger bars (?) for sure.

I'm lucky enough to be part of a knitting group where we do a sort of potluck.  Of course, we eat first, THEN knit. :)

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/23/2010 12:00 AM EST
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Thank you, everyone!  Very inspiring! :)

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/23/2010 7:30 AM EST
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Hi again Kate :- )  I make a gingersnap cookie with molasses and that recipe calls for all the spices and molasses.  It's a great cookie - lots of flavor but not too spicy.
Your knitting club sounds great.  I have so much cat hair I could send you some to make great sweaters.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/27/2010 6:12 PM EST
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Shoofly pie

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/28/2010 9:16 PM EST
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In Response to Re: What to do with all that molasses?!:
I like to use molasses in my baked beans. Have been doing it for years.
Posted by Sharon T


That looks yummy!  I never thought of that, but it would be good.  Thanks!

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/28/2010 9:35 PM EST
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This is so embarrasing .... Embarassed .... I ordered a bunch (too much) crystalized ginger from that King Arthur Flour place (boy - is that fascinating place!!)  It was expensive and the shipping was horrible.
A couple days ago I was in the nice super market in the neighboring town (one place I'd asked about crystalized ginger) and SAW a little cellophane bag of CS in the produce dept!  g-r-r-r-r-r. 
Then I kept walking and pased the spice display.  That included two different brands of CS!!
Back to WalMart in  my home town and --- you guessed it --- McCormack's CS.  They had said they'd never heard of it.
What on earth have I been doing and where have I been looking?  How could I have missed that?

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/29/2010 11:09 AM EST
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If you have any markets in your area the carry a lot of "ethnic" foods try there.  I have a market near me that carries a lot of Italian, Hispanic, Indian, Polish ..foods and they have a shelf that runs the length of the deli counter and on the shelf are plastic containers that have dried beans, dried fruits, some spices, some candy and they have crystallized ginger as well.  Regular price for the ginger is $3.95 a pound and I got it on sale for $3.49 a pound.  (that is not a typo, that is per pound and I did not miss a number in front of the 3.)
It is also easy enough to make yourself.  Alton Brown did an episode on his show "Good Eats" on the Food Network I am sure you can find the recipe there but if not try this.
Crystallized Ginger
Scrape and cut into 1/4 inch slices enough fresh nonfibrous young:
Gingerroot.
to make 1 quart.  Put slices into a large stainless steel pan and cover generously with :
Water
Bring water slowly to a boil and simmer covered until tender, about 20 minutes.  Add:
1 Cup sugar
and stir until mixture boils.  Remove from heat.  Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.  Re cook, simmering gently for about 15 minutes after the ginger has again come to a boil.  Add:
1 seeded sliced lemon
1 Cup corn syrup
Uncover and simmer 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and let stand covered overnight.  During the third cooking, the ginger must be stirred often to prevent scorching.  Bring the syruped ginger to a boil.  Stir in:
1 Cup sugar
Simmer 30 minutes.  Stir in:
1 Cup sugar
and bring mixture to a boil.   Remove from heat.  cover and let stand overnight.
In the fourth cooking, bring the mixture to a boil once more.  When the syrup drops heavily from the side of a spoon and the ginger is translucent drain the ginger after the last cooking.  Reserve the syrup for flavoring sauces.  Dry the ginger on a rack over a tray, uncovered overnight.  When dried roll the slices in :
Granulated sugar
Store in tightly covered glass jars.

I think the one Alton Brown did was not quite so detailed or took as long but this should do a pretty good job.  I just may try this myself.  I think the ginger syrup would be wonderful in tea, as a flavoring in a glaze over an Apple Spice Bundt cake.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 11/29/2010 12:33 PM EST
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lol lol lol Nikki -- I can't imagine someone as lazy as me to try that.    What a lot of work.
I have a recipe for canning sweet pickles that takes seven days.  I used to make those
all harvest season.   Now I'm just too old and lazy.

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 12/1/2010 11:55 AM EST
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WOW! and I thought mine would sit on the shelf until it found the trash!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!   for the great suggestions

Re: What to do with all that molasses?!

posted at 12/1/2010 1:16 PM EST
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Elsa - isn't it a great ingredient .....  I keep that stuff (we are talking about molasses, aren't we? Tongue out) on hand all the time.  
My gingersnaps are a big hit where ever I take them
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