My father really enjoys molasses cookies. In early retirement, he and my mother would regularly go to our local Barnes and Noble in Ithaca. The kids and I often went with them. There were two gentlemen that worked there and we all got to know them really well because we were there all the time! Naturally when it was time to celebrate his 65th birthday we decided to have a surprise party! We decided we’d buy Barnes & Noble cookies for the occasion. That was the start of my desire to make my own giant molasses cookies. I created a recipe that would be just as good (or better) than my Dad’s favorites. Several years (and a lot of molasses cookie tastings) later, I have a great favorite recipe for molasses cookies!