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Lassy Mogs – a Newfoundland favourite.

Lassy Mogs. A Newfoundland favourite; well spiced, soft cookies with a deep molasses flavour and filled with dried fruit and crunchy pecans. Irresistible!

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs

Originally published Nov. 2016.

So what are Lassy Mogs? Well, in Newfoundland and in some parts of the Maritimes, I have heard, lassy is the old fashioned term for molasses; a mog is a small low rising cake. 

The first time I remember having these wasn’t in Newfoundland at all but at a small bakery in Nova Scotia; although they still were presented as Newfoundland Lassy Mogs. I remember them as being so delicious on that occasion that I’ve always compared other versions to them.

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs - ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

They were soft but more cookie-like than many I’ve tried since. There are a LOT of different versions of this recipe out there and they vary greatly in the amount of molasses in particular.

Lassy Mogs. Getting the recipe right.

I like to taste the molasses, so pale, lighter tasting Lassy Mogs are not going to impress me at all; the darker the better for me. Some recipes call for oatmeal in the recipe. I’ve never tried that but oatmeal does have a tendency to absorb moisture so I as skeptical about adding it.

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs

I played around with the basic recipe until I got them just how I like them. One of the things I insist upon for these is to toast the pecans first. Many cookie recipes with nuts say not to toast them as they will bake in the cookies.

While that is true for flatter cookies, the flavour of the toasted pecans is a must in these more domed cookies.

Many say that everything is made better with chocolate and I would never have normally done this, but we were dipping some Scottish Shortbread in chocolate this morning too, so I smeared some across one of these cookies. Scrumptious! You might want to try that too.

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs with chocolate

Try them with chocolate, too!

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Newfoundland Lassy Mogs
Yield: 30 cookies

Lassy Mogs - a Newfoundland favourite.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes

Lassy Mogs - a Newfoundland favourite; well spiced, soft cookies with a deep molasses flavour and filled with dried fruit and crunchy pecans. Irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates, chopped to the size of raisins
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. First, toast the pecans at 350 degrees F so that they can cool to room temperature while you prepare the rest of the recipe.I toast whole pecans on a baking sheet for 10-12 minutes tossing them at the half way point. I then cool them and break each one into 2-4 pieces by hand. This little extra effort ensures nice big crunchy bits of pecan in every bite.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and spices and set aside.
  4. Cream together the butter and brown sugar for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg for another minute or so.
  6. Blend in the molasses and vinegar. (The vinegar often occurs in old recipes as a way to boost eh rising action of baking soda.)
  7. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand and when almost incorporated fold in the dates, raisins and pecans.
  8. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the parchment lined cookie sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 14 minutes and let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Store in airtight containers. These cookies will freeze very well.

Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

30 cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 109Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 14mgSodium 83mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Carole willette

Saturday 20th of November 2021

Just as an aside to your pudding recipe my Newfoundland husband says that they used to call it lassie sitting at the table they “would ask please pass the lassie” instead of saying molasses love your site thank you for all of the wonderful recipes

Chris

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Do i use fancy molasses? Also, how did you measure the dry ingredients using measuring cups? Ie. Flour. fill the cup using a spoon and the drag a knife to level? Brown sugar.. did you pack down the brown sugar into the measuring cup? I typically weigh ingredients so knowing how you filled the cups will help. Thanks

Brenda Cuthbert

Monday 27th of September 2021

Made these today. They turned out quite nice. Thank you for your recipie. I have friends returning from Newfoundland vacation tomorrow and wanted to surprise them with a treat

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