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Chewy Spiced Molasses Cookies

From Everyday Food Holiday Issue 2006
Makes 36 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups sugar, divided
1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
¼ cup unsulfured molasses

1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack in the center. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place ½ cup of sugar; set aside.
2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and then molasses. Reduce speed to low; gradually add dry ingredients, beating just until a dough forms.
3. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, roll dough into balls. Then roll each ball in reserved ½ cup of sugar to coat.
4. Place balls on baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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