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Perfect Ginger Cookies

FoodKatySweets, WinterComment
Perfect Ginger Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas activities is making (and eating) vast quantities of cookies and candy.  Our family classics are cut out cookies and Never Fail Fudge (you can find the recipe on the back of the Marshmallow Fluff jar, but don't believe the name, it has failed on me before!).  In our adult years, my sister and I have taken over the treat making, first in a marathon session by ourselves, and, as our family grows, with the help of husbands and cousins.  Our cookie decorating skills have gotten near professional, and our fudge now truly never fails.  One of the family faves is a more recent addition - ginger cookies.  We added these because there is something about that gingerbread flavor that tastes perfectly Christmas-y.  I started with a recipe for ginger snaps, which never quite achieved the soft chewiness I was hoping for.  This year I finally got it right, perfecting the balance of soft texture and gingery bite.  Here's the recipe, which will be permanently in the family rotation.  Pour a mug of cocoa, turn on the Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping" and curl up with these cookies!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Extra sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer.  Beat in the egg, molasses, and vanilla.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, and beat together until combined.  Roll dough in to ping pong sized balls, and then roll in a bowl of extra sugar to lightly coat.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten slightly.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

Ginger Cookies