Similar to a Gingerbread Cookie, this is a healthier twist on the Ginger Molasses Cookies.
It's been almost one week since I've been back home and I feel time is flying by. Make time stop! Being home has been wonderful. The feeling of being surrounded by so many people who love me and that have known me forever is priceless. Why can't I have it all?
When I'm in California, I'm happy going about my life without thinking about home too much. I'm engrossed in my daily routine which keeps me busy. On the contrary, each time I come home to New Jersey, it sets me back because I realize this feeling of belonging isn't in California. To me, true happiness is having it all in one place, otherwise there is always a part of you that is missing.
People will often give me their two cents on my move to California... that I'm so lucky to be living near the coast (agreed) and the weather is amazing (true), but my personal favorite is... if I miss home I can just drive to the mountains and within two hours I'll have snow which will remind me of New York City. Really? As gloomy and cold NJ/NYC are, it'll always be my first home. Unless you've been in a similar situation, you will never truly understand what being away from home feels like.
The people I find myself gravitating towards are those who are in my situation and have experienced moving away from their families. My goal is to make a few good friends... the kind who will be there for me in a heartbeat, those whom I can converse with about anything without feeling judged, and those who will lift me up on days I'm down. It's wishful thinking, but I believe slowly but surely, I'll get there.
Everything in life is a choice, and I made the choice to move to California for the one and only person I'd ever move for - my husband who is absolutely worth it. I hope it's only a matter of time before I get that sense of belonging in California.Based on people I've spoken with, I fear that may take 5 years, possibly 10. For now, I suppose you can take the girl out of NYC, but you can't take NYC out of the girl!
Onto these delicious Ginger Molasses Cookies I made that are healthy-ish, dairy-free, and made with whole wheat pastry flour. Their soft and chewy, hope this makes your Holiday List of Things to Bake. Additionally, these cookies are hubby approved, he ate 2 of them in one sitting.
These Ginger Molasses Cookies are:
Soft & Chewy
Almost Refined Sugar Free (skip the sprinkle of sugar on top)
Perfect for Christmas Morning
Makes the House Smell like Ginger
Ginger Molasses Cookies
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon coconut oil, softened, not melted
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 large organic egg
- 3 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon cashew nut milk, or any other dairy free milk
- ⅛ teaspoon white sugar, just a sprinkle over per cookie
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.</br></br>
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.</br></br>
- In a large bowl, combine the oil and sugar and using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until softened, crumbly and well combined.</br></br>
- Add egg and vanilla extract to the batter and beat until combined.</br></br>
- Add cashew nut milk. Blend.</br></br>
- Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 parts.</br></br>
- Blend with an electric mixer until combined, but DO NOT OVER MIX.</br></br>
- Here's your batter.</br></br>
- Spray a baking a tray with coconut oil.</br></br>
- Using a mini scoop, spoon some batter onto a baking tray.</br></br>
- Once all the cookies are spread apart, sprinkle a little white sugar over each cookie, about ⅛ tsp.</br></br>
- Just like that.</br></br>
- Into the oven for 9-10 minutes. Do not over bake these cookies, even if they are super soft out of the oven.</br></br>
- Cookies out of the oven. Leave them alone and let them cool down about 10 minutes before eating. They will firm up. Store away in a cookie jar, but note these cookies dry out within a couple days.</br></br>