soft ginger cookies

I love anything with ginger and this recipe I have for ginger cookies is always a big hit. Since I missed Glee (thought it was on at 9:00 p.m. boo!) I thought I would share this recipe with y'all so you can enjoy in your warm cozy houses as the cool weather creeps in.

This recipe comes from one of my fave baking books The Clueless Baker: Baking from Scratch by Evelyn Raab.

You'll need:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the egg, water and molasses and continue mixing until smooth. In another bowl stir flour, ginger, baking soda and cinnamon together. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat until everything is combined into a soft dough. Roll into a big ball, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge while you clean up your mess. Once everything is cleaned up, preheat oven to 350 F and dump some sugar onto a plate (you're going to roll your dough balls in this shortly). Pull the dough out of the fridge and start rolling the dough into 1-1.5 inch little balls. Roll the dough balls in the sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes (I bake for 9 minutes). Pull them out at 9 minutes. They will look soft and like they're not finished but trust me they are (trust!). Let them cool for a couple of minutes and then move them to a plate (they will firm up!) This recipe makes 4 dozen so I hope you're hungry!

Happy baking!

September 21, 2010 — Alanna Banks