Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ginger Cookies

I never realized that December was such a cookie month.  I guess I never really paid attention to the craze.  I was definitely into it last Christmas though.  In my search for an easy cookie recipe, I stumbled across this.  

1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
1 ¾ tsps ground ginger
1 ¼ tsps ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 egg

Spoon brown sugar into a 1-quart jar and press down until you have an even layer. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl; spoon into jar over brown sugar. Sprinkle ginger, cinnamon and cloves over the top. Seal the jar until ready to use.  The jar actually looked really nice, but I can't seem to find the picture I took.  My jar had to sit around for a while, because I didn't have any ginger! About a week later, I was finally able to make the cookies.  

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Empty the cookie mix into a large bowl.

Stir in butter and egg. 

Roll the dough into balls the size of large marbles and place an inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake in the middle of the oven until firm and lightly browned on edges, about 14 minutes. My first batch was too small. 

I really did not like the way the cookies looked. So I made sure to flatten the second batch.

They looked a little more like what I was expecting. 

Both batches had great flavor.  The cookies were slightly crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside. I love the combination of ginger, cinnamon and cloves. I try to use it throughout the fall and as much into the winter as possible.  The cookies were a hit! I’ll definitely use this recipe again in the future.

Hungry yet? 

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