Ginger is always a must in my Christmas baking. Sometimes it appears in more than one item. Since I’m keeping it simple this year I settled on ginger snaps for my ginger fix instead of anything more elaborate.
I can remember making these cookies with my mother when I was young and just wanting to help in the kitchen. I always had the sense of excitement and anticipation when my mother was baking, so that is where I wanted to be also. Often my job was “prepping”, i.e., chopping nuts, or fruits, or in this case cutting up the candied ginger. I never minded this because, you know, I got to taste everything in advance. That’s how I come by my love of candied ginger, and to this day I still have to eat a piece or two while I’m cutting it up.
If store-bought ginger snaps are the only kind you have ever had then you will be very surprised by these. They are not in the least bit dry, or crunchy. You won’t need to dunk them into coffee or milk to soften them up. They are kind of hard to describe; a little crispy at the edges, but still soft and chewy inside. Spicy and gingery, but not overly so–just a good blend of spices. The outside is sugary, because you form the dough into balls and roll in sugar. Everything is better with a little sparkle, right?
These are great for gifting or make a fabulous go-along for your cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Yield: about 3 dozen
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup finely diced crystalized ginger (optional)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 – 1 cup coarse/sparkling sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Whisk to blend. Stir in the ginger if using.
2.In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the oil, sugar, molasses and the whole egg. Mix on medium speed until well combines. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated and a dough forms.
3. Shape small portions (about 1 Tbsp) into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls. Place the sparkling sugar in a small dish, and roll each ball of dough in the sugar so that it is covered in an even layer. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
4. Place the coated balls on the prepared baking sheets about 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake, just until the tops of the cookies are set and beginning to crack, about 15 – 17 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
Note: The cookies will become more firm as they cool, but if you prefer a softer cookie for eating, warm in the microwave for 10 seconds.
SOURCE: my mom’s recipe box