Molasses Oatmeal Jammies

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  • 1 /2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 cup for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1 /2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar apricot jam


  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and the 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the oats, then mix again.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour to make it easier to handle.
  7. Toward the end of chilling, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Alternatively, work in batches with 1 baking sheet, being sure to allow it to cool after baking each round.
  8. Fill a shallow bowl or pie pan with the 1 cup of rolling sugar.
  9. Scoop the cookie dough using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop. Roll each ball in the sugar, then arrange them on the prepared baking sheet leaving a couple inches between the cookies for spreading. Use your thumb to dimple the center of each cookie, then fill the depression with a bit of apricot jam.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  12. Store in a single layer in an airtight container.

Makes 36 cookies.