If you've been hanging around these parts any length of time, you'll know that my favorite cookie recipe is the Molasses Cookie one inspired by the Kick Ass Molasses Cookies recipe on Vegweb.
Today, while attempting to whip up this easy culinary delight I discovered I was out of molasses!! Holy "I'm up against a deadline" Batman! I had waited until the last minute and I needed these cookies to be done and cool enough to pack away in 30 minutes. I thought I was screwed but then I had an idea. What if I used maple syrup instead? Would it work?
With fingers crossed, I decreased the sugar to 3/4 cup since maple syrup is more overtly sweet than molasses. I poured a 1/4 cup of maple syrup and got down to mixing. I told no one of my evil deed. Instead, I shoved cookies in the faces of all my children and my hubby. No one gagged. I took this as a positive sign.
Thirty minutes later, I was driving, cookies in tow, to return a container, now filled with the Maple Cookies, to a friend. The verdict was in my favor when my friend and her coworkers all asked me to email them the recipe.
The moral of the story? If you know your ingredients, you are the master of your substitutions...hopefully!