Saturday, December 8, 2007

ginger cookies

I have an old family recipe for ginger cookies that I love, and which everyone else seems to love too. I suppose some people might keep such things a secret, but I believe that good things are better when they are shared. So here is the recipe for all my friends to enjoy. 

Ginger Cookies 

3/4 cup butter 
1 cup white sugar 
1 large egg 
1/4 cup molasses (I prefer black-strap, because it makes them darker and complements the ginger nicely) 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp ground cloves 
2 tsp ground ginger (3 tsp if you like extra ginger flavour) 
extra white sugar 

Cream butter and sugar in one bowl. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl, then blend gradually into wet ingredients. If dough is very soft, cover and place in fridge for 10 minutes or so. Shape into 1" balls, dip in water, then into extra white sugar (water helps the sugar stick). 

Place 2" apart on greased baking sheet. Bake in 350 F oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes (because they are too soft to remove from the pan) then place on cooling racks to finish cooling. 

This makes about 6 dozen cookies, less if you make them bigger. These keep for about a week, so don't feel bad about eating them all up quickly!


Anonymous said...

Looks yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe

Anonymous said...

thanks! I love ginger cookies.