Ginger is an underrated flavour in my opinion. When I was a tot I absolutely loved those Breaktime ginger cookies with a glass of Tang. Remember Tang? Or Beep? (So now, I am madly searching if you can still get Beep anywhere....)
Back to baking. We are hosting a cookie decorating party at our home this weekend, and I always seem to overdo things. I'm already stressed about it. We woke up early this morning and after breakfast was made and tidied, we started on the baking. First up were roughly 120 sugar cookies (most for the party) and those took up the entire morning. The rolling, the chilling, the cutting, the re-chilling, the baking, the cooling, then repeat x 4. Exhausting. And I don't even like sugar cookies! I think they taste like cardboard for the most part and I detest royal icing. These weee even flavoured with vanilla bean paste and they are still blah. After lunch and a brief 10 minute nap while the girls watched Mickey'a Christmas Carol, I started on the next batch of holiday treats. Every year I make a number of things that my mom made that just feel like Christmas and these soft, chewy ginger cookies are just one of them.
Trust me on these ones. They become the cookie that everyone asks for! Your oven needs to have a consistent temperature. Like the first pancake, sometimes your first tray of cookies are a throw away. If you like a chewier cookie, start checking around 10-11 minutes, if you want a 'snap' 13-15 is your goal.
• 1 cup of softened butter (or hard margarine softened but why would you use that?)
• 1 & 1/2 cups of sugar
• 1 egg at room temperature
• 2 Tbsp dark corn syrup
• 1/2 cup good quality molasses
Cream above ingredients on medium until sugar is basically dissolved. Roughly 5 minutes.
• 3 cups flour
• 2 tsps baking soda
• 2 tsps cinnamon
• 1 heaping tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp ground cloves
Whisk dry ingredients just to distribute spices evenly. Add in 3 equally parts to wet ingredients, mixing evenly each time until moist. Roll into tsp sized balls. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to a shallow bowl and lightly roll the balls to coat. Pop into a 350 degree oven for 11-14 minutes. Makes 60ish cookies. Store in an airtight container to keep soft and fresh.
Perfect for Santa!