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Brown Sugar Cookies

A sweet hint of molasses sets these faux pecan sandies apart. We add a whif of smoke by baking them on the Traeger, it adds just the right hearty to this party treat. Drizzle with chocolate or an orange juice glaze for a unique sugar cookie creation.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time7 mins
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodMaple


Butter, slightly softened8 Tbsp.
Solid Vegetable Shortening1/2 cup
Brown Sugar1 1/4 cup
Large Egg1
Dark Molasses1 Tbsp.
Vanilla1 tsp.
Flour1 3/4 -2 cup
Cinnamon1/2 tsp.
Ground Ginger1/2 tsp.
Salt1/4 tsp.
Coarse Sugar, such as Turbinado Sugaras needed


Line a good-quality baking sheet - preferably air-cushioned - with parchment paper for easier clean-up, or leave bare and ungreased.

When ready to bake, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla and beat until well-combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add 1-3/4 cup of flour as well as the cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. Try to roll a walnut-size ball between your palms. If the dough sticks to your hands and is too soft to roll, blend a bit more flour into the dough. Do not add too much, or your cookies will not spread properly and will toughen.

Roll the dough into balls, then give them a romp in a shallow bowl of coarse sugar. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet, then flatten each ball with the bottom of a drinking glass.

Bake the cookies for 7 minutes. Rap the baking sheet on the grill grate - this encourages chewier cookies - then rotate the pan 180. Continue baking for 5 to 7 minutes longer, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack with a spatula. Bake the remaining cookies.

Store in an airtight container after the cookies have cooled completely.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time7 mins
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodMaple

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