Thursday, November 8, 2007

soft Ginger crinkles

I'm off to the shop to bring coffee break and thought I should also pop you up a few pictures and a recipe of today's treat. We have been enjoying the ginger cookies at Starbucks recently with our Americano's. They are quite good but they don't do a thing to make the house smell marvelous. I found a secret ingredient last fall at the Home Sense store. See the little container of Ginger bits? They are little bits of crystallized ginger that add a little extra flavour to the cookies. I'm not sure where else they could be purchased but I imagine crystallized ginger chopped into bits would do the trick. I did find 3 more containers this year that I'm tucking into the Christmas stockings. Shh!!!!!!!!

1 1/2 cups of butter (really . .butter)
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of blackstrap molasses
Cream the butter and sugar really well and then add the molasses and blend together.
Add
2 farm fresh eggs
Beat until combined.
Add
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons of crystallized ginger bits.. (or to taste . .optional)
4 cups of flour
Blend together until no bits of flour can be seen.
Chill for 1/2 hour


Roll into balls or use an icecream scoop like I did. I made 3 dozen cookies.
Roll the balls into sugar



Bake at 325 in convection
or
Bake at 350 conventional
I baked mine 9 minutes on convection.
Don't overbake these.
Perhaps these cookies are a bit big.
Let's call them farm size.


Oddly, they don't seem that big.

Have a wonderful day my friends. I say that loosely since it is 2 pm already.
Coffee time.
Later . . . .

15 comments:

  1. I think ginger cookies were one of the first kinds of cookies I ever made using a real recipe. My mom used to let me "create" my own concoctions for cookie, with hugely variable results. Around age 7 I got a Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cook book, and ginger cookies were a huge hit.

    The one thing that I remember that was different was that you were supposed to put a tiny bit of water on each cookie to make it crackle very fine.

    Yours looked yummy crackled without that step; was Betty just pulling a fast one on a little kid?

    You are right though, ginger cookies just smell so right this time of year. And with ginger bits: so much the better!

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  2. I made ginger crinkles on Tuesday and they turned out really well! I didn't use crystallized ginger, but that does sound like it would be really good.

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  3. In my opinion, those are the BEST cookies. I've made them many times and they are always a hit. I add more ginger than the recipe calls for...that's my little addition I guess. My hubby, a certified Lover of Cookies, and I recently found some in our local supermarket that are baked someplace locally and are actually (I know it's hard to believe) almost as good as my own. They could use just a touch more ginger! In fact, I'm going to eat one right now - you've inspired me.

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  4. Nope, not too big. Cookies can NEVER be too big.

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  5. Mmm...those look delicious. In my opinion, Ginger Cookies and autumn go hand in hand.

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  6. This is an old standby at our house although I have never used crystallized ginger. I'll have to a look around and see if I can buy some. I am always looking for a recipe that produces a "hard" ginger cookie - or maybe "chewy" is the word I'm looking for. Mine turn out more on the soft side.

    They are good - and the smell in the house is heavenly.

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  7. You are such a love to take the time to share your farm size cookies with us.

    I am going to have to give them a go!

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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  8. Oh I could eat a farm size ginger cookie, no problem! Isn't that the only size they come in?? lol
    This is the time of year that I want to bake cookies, just a tad early for Christmas though. I bake a lot of them to give away at Christmas, to friends, neighbours, mail carrier, garbage pick-up guy, recycle pick-up people and anybody else who comes to mind!

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  9. Took another peek...so freshly baked ginger crinkles trump crispy leaves needing to be raked.
    Mr. T ain't no fool...it's all about priorities! Those leaves can wait when Lovella's serving up cookies. I'll bet he even got a kiss from the cook. What a deal.

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  10. I love, love, love ginger cookies! Yours look delicious.

    Blessings

    Linda

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  11. Those look great! I have a wonderful recipe myself but am curious to try out yours too.

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  12. After the hat post I told myself don't scroll down, don't scroll down! But..did I listen, noooo. I scrolled down and now I WANT A COOKIE REALLY BAD...

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  13. I had to scroll down too...now I am starting to think about getting back home and baking some cookies!

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  14. these are one of our family facorites............yum. my cousin puts in an interesting something in hers..........1/4tsp. of cayenne pepper. its good but i have not had the courage to do that to my recipe yet. it is sunday today lovella, sorry it has taken me a while to catch up.

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  15. Lovella...still a favorite in our home...this recipe is a KEEPER for sure!

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