Salted date molasses & fennel cookies

With cardamom sugar


.. so inspired by Christmas season  here in Houston.
I really enjoy the smell of the spices from cookies at the holiday market, it reminds me of UAE traditional desserts..cuz we use spices in baking.
Salted date molasses & fennel cookies was inspired by sugar cane molasses cookies. ( known as molasses cookies) Date molasses is very well known for being aromatic & flavorful.

I wanted to add Emirati spirit to this kind of cookies, and fennel cuz we usually add fennel to date desserts in UAE. and of course afternoon Arabic coffee (gahwa)



(219g)1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground fennel.
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
(84g) 6 tablespoons butter, softened
(100g) 8 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
(55g)1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
(60ml)1/4 date cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon cardamom



Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, fennel, cloves, salt in a bowl..set a side
Cream butter, 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 5 minutes or until fluffy. Add egg; beat 30 seconds. Add date molasses; beat just until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed or just until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Shape dough into 22-24 ( walnut size) I used 1 oz ice cream scoop. Roll balls in remaining 3 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom ; place apart on baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or just until set. Cool 3 minutes on pan; remove to a wire rack.