I made these cookies this morning. Wow, they are super-tasty. I read a lot of the reviews before I cooked them and I did make a few modifications that likely added to the flavor of the cookies: 1) I substituted orange juice for water; 2) I did half a cup of white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar; 3) I put the cookie dough in the freezer for half an hour to make rolling the dough easier; 4) instead of rolling the cookies in sugar, I just lightly drizzled sugar over the top of the cookies after I had flattened them. I strongly recommend refrigerating the cookie dough before rolling it into balls. Towards the end of rolling them, the dough was softening and it was getting very very gooey. This makes for a tasty cookie but unless it's chilled, it will be hard to roll. I read a couple of reviews that complained about one flavor overwhelming the rest of the flavors (i.e. too strong a flavor of molasses, clove, ginger, etc.). I really disagree with this sentiment - I thought the flavors came out beautifully. I did not think any of the individual flavors overwhelmed the whole. Next time, I may try adding a dash of nutmeg or a tsp. of vanilla to see if that changes the flavor. Other possibilities that come to my mind include substituting orange liqueur or brandy for water, though the fresh squeezed o.j. is a hard flavor to beat. Thanks for the delicious recipe!
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I made these cookies this morning. Wow, they are super-tasty. I read a lot of the reviews...