This quarantine has brought out some powerful cookie cravings in our household. After we polished off the Girl Scout Thin Mints in the freezer and the honey graham crackers in the pantry, it was time to start baking.
For me, these cookies are everything I need to survive a pandemic. They’re comforting, and they remind me of the wonderful homemade cookies our mom bakes. They’re soft and chewy, with a happy little crunch when you bite into them. Accompanied by a cold glass of milk or a cup of afternoon tea, they’re pure bliss.
Sweet, Spicy and Sassy
Two ingredients elevate this ginger cookie from classic to sublime. The first is chopped candied ginger, which gives each bite a sweet, spicy jolt. If you don’t have candied ginger, just omit it and your cookies will still be yummy. For this batch, I only put candied ginger in half the cookies because my son prefers the plain version.
The second ingredient is molasses, which adds old-fashioned richness and sweetness. Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar-making process; it’s made from the brown, syrupy liquid that’s left over after boiling the sugar cane or beets and removing the sugar crystals. Regular baking molasses has the mildest flavor. Unsulphured molasses is made from the juice of sun-ripened sugar cane, and the juice is clarified and concentrated. Blackstrap molasses is very dark and less sweet with a strong flavor.
I like to use a blend of half unsulphured molasses and half blackstrap molasses for a deep, well-balanced flavor. Feel free to use whatever type of molasses you like or have on hand.
Shall we get cooking?
You begin by blending the butter, molasses and egg in one bowl and whisking the flour, baking soda, spices and salt in another bowl.
Next, you combine to two mixtures and stir until they gradually come together.
I use my hands to bring the mixture together into a smooth dough. (If you’re using the optional chopped crystallized ginger, add it now and and mix well.) Then it’s time to form the dough in walnut-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar.
Flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand as you arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.
After baking for 10 to 12 minutes, cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
Here’s the easy, printable recipe:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses (or substitute regular molasses)
- 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses (or substitute regular molasses)
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
- granulated sugar for rolling
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix the brown sugar, butter, egg and molasses together in a medium bowl until well-blended.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until well blended. If you're using the optional chopped crystallized ginger, add it now and and mix well. The mixture will be somewhat sticky and can be refrigerated for a little while, but it’s not necessary.
- Using a dining teaspoon, shape the dough in walnut-sized balls (try to get a few pieces of candied ginger in each) and roll in granulated sugar. Arrange on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart and sprinkle with a little more sugar, if desired.
- Bake just until edges are done, tops are crackly, and centers are still soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. (For chewy cookies, don’t overcook.) Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
You can also make larger cookies, using a dining tablespoon to measure and shape the dough approximately the size of golf balls. After arranging the balls on the baking sheet, flatten them a little with your fingers so they’ll spread more easily when they bake. Sprinkle the tops with a little more sugar to replace the sugar that came off on your fingers, and then bake as usual. You’ll get about 18 oversized cookies from this recipe.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
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