Welp, Dave and I are three days into our “bet,” he has given up soda and I have given up cookies for a little while (our big vices).

So this is making my mouth water to see stuff like this:

(The dough is the best part…the process of making the cookies is even better to me than the cookies themselves, anyone agree out there? Yes, cookies are my vice, fresh out of the oven. Oh boy…)

But even though my mouth is watering, I’m going to go ahead and “take one for the team” because this recipe must be shared with the Fall season upon us.

It’s from my friend Melissa at Modern Honey, who has the BEST recipes including our two all-time favorites:

an incredible copycat of the famous NYC Levain cookies

(My thoughts about those HERE, and I’ll have to add my brother’s additions with almond flour some time…it’s become a favorite with them as well), and:

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

(This is the recipe Lucy has down pat and will hopefully start her cookie business with some day…she’s been dreaming about that. They are SO GOOD!)

But all of Melissa’s recipes are phenomenal I have to say, so my girls and I knew, when we whipped these up for the first time a few weeks ago, that they would already be winners.

And they were. (I have made them more times than I care to admit since then.)

I would never guess to put nutmeg and cloves in a chocolate chip cookie but boy oh boy, these things will knock your socks off.

And I want to always have this recipe here, so here we go:

12 T. butter (cold, cut into cubes)
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup sugar

Whip the butter and sugar together on high speed for four minutes until creamy. Then add:

1 large egg
2 T. molasses

Whip for one more minute. Then gently fold in:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

I usually bake about twelve cookies with this recipe (make them pretty big like Levain does).

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.


Check out Melissa’s website for more background (and way better pictures) HERE. Thank you Melissa!!

Signing off before I get too tempted to make them.

Happy Thursday!

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  1. I actually made these from Modern Honey website on Sunday! I got her email and my daughter and I decided to try it… we were excited… but honestly… they were not that good!!!, imo. 😉 The spices are WAY too strong and the molasses is overpowering with the spices. We made a few batches and couldn’t stomach all of one cookie. Maybe we should have waited until they weren’t warm to try again but they were bad… So I made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (omitting the spices) and mixed it with this recipe, and then they tasted like an (almost overly) spiced pumpkin cookie. Also added a little quick oats & applesauce. They were ok, but I would stick to the other favorites over these ones again and a gingerdoodle recipe for a molasses cookie fix. They were just not that yummy. Fun to try though… Definitely autumnesque but failed, in my opinion, on taste satisfaction. There are much better cookies out there.

    1. That is so funny how different tastebuds can be! We have made these four times in the last couple weeks because we can’t get enough of them!😆. If anyone else makes them you’ll have to come back and let us know if you liked them or not!

      1. Yes! Maybe it’s my year-post-covid lack of prime buds!… things don’t always taste as good as they used to for me… so I’m betting I’m missing the taste buds that would have loved these! 😉 Dang-it!! That irks me a bit sometimes, wondering if I’m missing something I used to love but I do love most any cookie still…. I can’t smell as well either… I was super excited to try them. though! I’ll try again, but cut the spices in half maybe… I’ll let you know! Totally happy for others to love them though! I’ve made and loved some of her other recipes, so I know it’s not her, or you! Maybe two or three times will be a charm for me! 😉

  2. I tried the real ones from Levain this past weekend. I was not a fan, I think too much ground cloves. But, I still love the original choc chip ones and especially the chocolate pb chip!

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