12/7/09

triple ginger cookies



This morning it snowed.

It doesn't really mean much to you but around here, it's a huge deal. It doesn't stick but you can see these big fat snow flakes lazily drift down until they hit the ground and quickly disappear.

You have to trust your eyes.



The house smells of ginger. Smells of butter, sugar, and warmth. Christmas. It's the elusive smell that even the best candles cannot capture.

It's a lovely smell.

When you read this recipe it is going to seem like a lot of ginger. An overwhelming amount, even. Trust me. These cookies are soft, spicy, sweet.

Perfect.



triple ginger cookies: adapted from bon appetit dec. 2009

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup light mild flavored molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh peeled ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, crystallized ginger, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until creamy and light, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in brown sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, molasses, fresh ginger, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat to blend. Add flour mixture in 2 additions, beating on low speed just to blend between additions. Chill for 30 minutes.

Place 1/3 cup sugar in small bowl. Measure 1 tablespoon dough. Roll into ball between palms of hands, then roll in sugar in bowl to coat; place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cookie dough, spacing cookies 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

Bake cookies until surfaces crack and cookies are firm around edges but still slightly soft in center, *about 15 minutes. Cool completely on sheets on rack.

*it took my cookies 7 minutes to bake. so i would advise keeping an eye on them while baking. also, these cookies spread an awful lot. so make sure to space appropriately if you decide to make them a little larger.

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10 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'll be making these for sure. Love, love, love ginger / molasses cookies. How can you go wrong with THREE kinds of ginger in one cookie?

Mayberry Magpie said...

We haven't had snow yet but I ran this morning in a cold driving rain.

By the way, will you please move to Mayberry and "learn me" how to style food? I suck. You good.

Oh and there's this . . . package in the mail today!!!!!

SaintTigerlily said...

I have some crystallized ginger that has been gathering dust on my shelf that I will certainly put to use when I make this recipe. You are right - candles have nothing on the smell of a real Christmas in progress. Beautiful pictures. xoxoxo!

Amy said...

When I talked to my family yesterday and they said it snowed in CA, I sort of laughed. Welcome to my world! Except they were excited about it. But I understood.

Snow is so lovely and fun when it comes but once a decade, OR if you have the choice and can drive to and away from it.

I love the smells of Christmas, too.

Me! said...

that does not sound like that much ginger to me! if i didn't already have a batch of molasses spice cookie dough in the freezer i'd make these tonight!

me again said...

I too will be making these; I just put fresh ginger on today's shopping list. Yum.
(You got my email, right....?)
==lennie==

Lynne said...

I just had some delicious ginger cookies this morning, and was wondering how to make them. Thank you for the recipe!!

Sharon said...

If I could, I'd ditch work to go home and make these. Though we dont get snow here, we had rain and that made me cold enough. I want one of these bad boys warm out of the oven!

joyce said...

Your food looks so pretty and tasty! Definitely adding you to my blog roll, am so happy I came across this site.

kimberly said...

I am already up.... wayyyy to late, let me add....surfing around...hungry... ginger snaps...yummm. your writing makes me want to bake at 1:09 am. problem is I bet all my kids would wake up from the aroma. it will have to be an after school snack at this point. lol. the sacrifices you make as a mom...:0) loving your blog evil chef mama.... keep on writing. you are really good at it. !!!