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Monday, November 1, 2010

Christmas Cookie Party-Gingersnaps!

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Here is a recipe that warms the house with fantastic smells-Gingersnaps!

First, I'd like to introduce you to my baking assistant-Pudge. 
La at A Musing Potpourri sent him to me and it's great to have the help in the kitchen! If you haven't stopped by her blog recently, please do it's always a nice visit. Thanks La!
This is a dough that's nice to work with (not too sticky when chilled), and the cookies are great! 
Very fragrant, the outside is a little crunchy and the inside a tad chewy out of the oven!
I hope you love it if you try it:@)

Gingersnaps -recipe from thekitchn.com
1 C sugar
3/4 C butter, softened
1 egg
1/3 C molasses
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger-they say you can double this, so I used 1 1/2 tsp
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C crystallized ginger (optional, and they did not give instructions for this. I did not use it)
Additional: Mix 1/4 C sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in small bowl

Directions:
  • Combine sugar and butter in mixer. Add egg and mix until combined. Mix in molasses.
  • In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Whisk to combine. Pour into wet ingredients, mix well.
  • Turn oven to 375 degrees and put dough in fridge until oven is ready. 
  • When oven is preheated, measure out rounded teaspoons of dough. Roll between hands into balls, the roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. 
  • Place on cookie sheet 2" apart and bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies have puffed and collapsed back on themselves.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then onto cooling rack. Store in airtight container.
My notes:
  1. Once you make these you'll never reach for that orange box of rocks at the supermarket again! 
  2. I see no problem cutting back on the sugar to 3/4 C if not more, especially with the molasses and rolling them in sugar.
  3. I have a cookie scoop that makes 3" cookies, that's what I used.
  4. As these are stored in an airtight container they lose some of the crunch and get pliable and chewy.
  5. This dough freezes well, scoop and freeze individual cookies to bake whenever you want to!

22 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love gingersnaps. Who am I kidding...I love just about everything that contains sugar. Hahaha.

    I'm glad Pudge is helping out around the kitchen. La

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  2. They look delicious! I love ginger snaps. Actually I love ginger EVERYTHING. To me, it's the perfect Christmas flavor.

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  3. Those sound delicious! I went to a cookie swap once. It was a lot of fun! Very nice.
    Sherry

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  4. Ginger cookies are my very favorite! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  5. Oh, I meant to join in on the cookie party. I need some incentive to start baking again.
    Ginger snaps are a favorite, so I'd like to try this recipe. ~ Sarah

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  6. Ginger snaps are a terrible weakness for me. I think ginger is an addictive substance! I can't stop at one. These look perfect.

    Love Pudge, he really knows how to whip up a delicious batch!

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  7. Better than the crappy Halloween candy I have been eating for sure.
    Thank you for giving me some standards again.

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  8. Your baking assistant is adorable! Is she related to to this little piggy which helps in my kitchen?
    This little piggy!

    Gingersnaps are the best!

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  9. I love gingersnaps and especially if they have crystallized ginger in them. I'll try them soon; thanks!

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  10. I've never had homemade ginger cookies before, sounds good! I do like the bought ones, so I would probably love homemade!

    Katherine

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  11. Thank you for particpating to my party. Pudge is a cute helper, just as made for you. What a nice gift made La to you. Your gingersnaps sound very yummy and I will hopefully try to make all of the cookies-recipes. That will be a sweet christmas here, this year.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  12. hi
    mmh gingersnaps sounds very yummy.i will it try.
    greetings,regina

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  13. How delicious! I am going to really enjoy Johanna's party. I hope I don't turn into Miss Piggy though after baking and eating all of the yummy cookies that we all share!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

    PS I posted my recipe on my Christmas blog!

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  14. I love gingersnaps but don't bake much anymore. I'll have to give these a try.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  15. I love gingersnaps. They're my favorite holiday cookie. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

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  16. Yum.... I haven't made these in a while. Thanks for reminding me.

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  17. Crunchy, chewy gingersnaps work for me! Your little Pudge is cute:)

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  18. These look fantastic! I love just about everything ginger -- and little Pudge is adorable too! What a lovely recipe -- this is my first time visiting your blog and I've become your newest follower. I'm looking forward to checking out more of your recipes.

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  19. so you wouldn't say these cookies had that classic "snap" texture? they were more chewy?

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  20. Katherine, I'd say out of the oven they have a snap, but after being stored they become more chewy:@)

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  21. How wonderful to have a gingersnap recipe, I have to copy that down! Love the 'cookies baking' aroma, it adds so much to the holidays.

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