Frosted Cinnamon Molasses Cookies

Well, Guys, I have made it through 8 days of training and my head hasn’t exploded, although it’s been close at times. Yesterday, I was almost in tears because I just couldn’t quite understand what I needed to do. It was the last thing I thought about before falling asleep and the first thing I thought about this morning. In training this morning, we worked through more examples and I got it fine. I have to remember to be patient with myself. No one has all the answers after 8 days of training.

Last Friday, the class was on the phones for the first time helping real people with real problems. It was scarey af to push the go button but once I did, it was fun. Did I have all the answers? No. Did I do everything right? No. Will I do better when we are on the phone this Friday? Yes.

They talk a lot about the opportunities for advancement at my new job. I have already decided if I get the opportunity I would like to be a trainer or coach. I loved to train at my old job and many of my trainees said I was good at it. I think I would like to be the person who is as encouraging to others as our coach, Kelly, was to me. Yesterday, when I was having trouble and feeling very discouraged, Kelly sat beside me and gave me some concentrated help. She walked me through steps I needed to solve the problem. She didn’t make me feel like I was dumb for not getting it. After lunch she gave me an extra resource to help me understand. Kelly is very aware of who is struggling in class and is there to help before she is asked. I want to be that person for others.

I think it’s funny that three weeks ago, when I was approaching my last day at my old job, I was having serious doubts about leaving, now I am thinking about my future at my new job. As hard as it was to leave my old job, I am more certain than ever it was the right decision.

These cookies are my new favorite. I love molasses and think it’s a shame it isn’t used more often in all kinds of recipes. I don’t usually frost them because the cookies are great without it. I just like to enjoy the molasses flavor without any distractions.

Cinnamon Frosted Molasses Cookies

From Betty Crocker Right Size Recipes Cookbook

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

6 TBS butter, softened

2 TBS molasses

1 egg white

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2. tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp salt

Frosting:

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 TBS butter, softened

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 tsp milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat the brown sugar, butter, molasses and egg white until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined. Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Leave about two inches between cookies. Bake for 11 -13 minutes or until just set and the cookies appear dry. Let cool on a rack for at least a half an hour. In a bowl, use a spoon to combine the powdered sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Add milk, a little at time until you have a smooth frosting. Frost your cookies.

Taking A Break

I started my new job this week. It’s going well. I can find my class room and two different sets of bathrooms. Believe me that’s a very big deal. The building I work in is huge!!

The trouble is by the time I get home I am completely exhausted. Between the complete up heaval of every aspect of my schedule and the actual mental energy needed to learn something completely new to you, I have no desire to do anything but watch The Great British Bake Off when I get home. So I decided to take some time off from the blog until I can get a little more situated in my new job and new home routine.

I’ll be back around back around April 20th. Take care until then.