I had 1/4 cup of "Grandma's Molasses" (which, come to find out, is rich in iron, potassium, and calcium) so I halved the recipe on the jar, thinking it would be good to warm up with a recipe followed correctly. I chilled the dough, which extended the start-to-finish time excruciatingly, and it made cookies that were good but too cakey for my goals. I wanted moist and chewy. I forced them down anyway.
Round 2 (Kind of classic for me: buy all the stuff but never actually make it.)
I went to the grocery store the next day for ingredients for a cookie recipe from my cookie book, including more molasses (I bought two different brands for two more recipes) and sour cream. Sounded interesting.
That night a providentially-timed conversation with my kitchen-inclined friend Mandy led me to this cookie recipe which trumped the cookie book. I figured a perfect 5-star rating after almost 2,000 reviews (not to mention 45,000 people having saved it to their recipe box) was a good sign. But I wasn't sure if I was ready to experiment with converting a cookie recipe into bars, only to fail and be discouraged. So Mandy, bless her heart, said she'd be making some and would bring me a sample so I could at least taste how the cookies are supposed to be. I was emailing with my chef-pal Mary about my need for a baking time & temperature when it occurred to me to change my web search to something like "ginger brownies -chocolate" instead of cookies. I finally found a couple recipes for molasses bars sans chocolat that agreed on that point (time & temp).
So today after doing my homework (Pilates, putting orders in the mail, feeding OJ) I made a recipe of Big Soft Ginger Cookies, pressed the unchilled dough into a 9" glass pan, sprinkled it with sugar, and baked it for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. The molasses bars recipe had said they'd be finished when a toothpick inserted near the center came out clean. Well, a paring knife inserted near the center
In other news, it is mid-November and we are having thunderstorms. Olivia has stopped being nice about eating any food from a spoon, but enjoys feeding herself finger food. Also, Brown just delivered my new camera. (!)