These are such good cookies!! But I've found these subs are important: nutmeg instead of cloves, 1/2 cup softened (not melted) butter instead of 3/4 cup margarine, 1 cup brown sugar instead of 1 cup white (still use white to coat each cookie). The batter is a little dry, when flour mix goes into molasses mix (due to reduced fat content I think) but I just add a teaspoon of water at a time to moisten until the dough is workable. These cookies are very similar to those sold at Starbucks but a little less sweet, which is good in my opinion. They are totally addictive. :) Please don't give up on the recipe if you find the cookies are a little doughy/raw in the middle once baked, they just need a bit more time in the oven. I had to bake 3 batches before I found the perfect baking time in my oven (9 minutes) but it was well worth it. I suggest cooking 1 or 2 cookies at a time until you find the perfect time because it makes all the difference. Also, although the recipe says 'flatten slightly' I pressed each cookie down with a fork in a crisscross as I would a usual cookie. I forgot that step one batch and they were doughy/raw. Still, once you get the recipe 'right' it is so so right!! Thank you, thank you so much for this recipe!
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These are such good cookies!! But I've found these subs are important: nutmeg instead of...