Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The crisp air in the morning. Walking through the crunchy leaves. School buses buzzing by. The smell of baked apples coming from the kitchen. Staring out the car window at the changing leaves. Pumpkin pickin' with children. Ending the night with a toasty mug of spicy chai and what? A ginger molasses cookie of course! I was sad when Starbucks stopped selling them. They were the best! I finally found a recipe, after all these years, that really hits the spot. I made these cookies for some friends I had over. I made a big pot of vegetable stew and a homemade round loaf of bread. They ate all the cookies! I ended up making more dough so there would be enough for everyone. Intrigued? Here's the recipe.. I got it from The Commensense Kitchen
Ginger Cookies
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) plus 1 T. butter, at room temperature
1 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C. molasses
1 egg
1 t. cider vinegar
2 1/2 C. sifted all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
pinch of salt
granulated sugar for rolling (I also used a mixture of turbinado sugar and granulated)
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the molasses, egg, and vinegar and beat well, about 1 minute. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt, and add to the butter mixture; mix until thoroughly blended. Chill the dough for 1 hour. 
Before baking, heat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease 2 baking sheets. Form the dough into 1" balls and roll in sugar. Place 2" apart on baking sheets. Bake for about 9-10 minutes-DO NOT OVERBAKE! Once they form their crinkly top and are just barely browned, they are done. Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Keep in an airtight container. 
These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy. When I was grabbing the spices for the recipe, I saw I had ground all spice and tossed a little in to add more spice. I will definitely be making these cookies again! They are easy and amazing! The other night I served a few friends burritos by candlelight. I've been on a burrito kick the past couple weeks. I hope you are enjoying fall as much as I am!
God bless you,
Chef Teebs

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