Ginger Cookies

Every year around this time, I feel like making ginger cookies. There’s something about the smell of spices and molasses that says Christmas. Normally I like my cookies short and crisp, much to the dismay of my kids who love them soft and chewy. I much prefer buttery shortbreads, oatmeal crunchies and nutty biscotti. But once a year I make an exception. I reach to the back of the cupboard and search for ginger and molasses. This year I was out of molasses.

It took me over four weeks to find a box of molasses in the market. Unbelievably they were sold out every time prior. Each time I’d walked up & down the baking aisle looking for them. I even searched the breakfast aisle looking beside the maple syrup and pancake mixes. No luck. On my last visit I eyed an empty shelf and peered at the label saying where they would be, if they were in stock. Finally, this week I found a stash, one of only three boxes remaining.

I baked a batch of ginger cookies today. Soft and spicy. Chewy and sweet. Yum.

Here’s the recipe. It makes about 32 cookies. I’m not exactly sure. Normally the kids eat them before I have a chance to count.

Chewy Ginger Cookies

355g Flour

3 tsp Ginger

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Cloves

1 tsp Baking Soda

170g Butter

210g Sugar

1 Egg

75g Molasses

Preheat oven to 350F & line cookie sheets with parchment paper

Mix together dry ingredients

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses. Add dry ingredients to cream butter mixture.

Form into balls and roll into sugar. Place on cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes until just golden brown.

8 Comments

  1. I used to make biscuits – and gingerbread houses every year. This year I haven’t. The humidity often destroys the gingerbread making it soft and chewy. I guess that would suit you. Me, now I buy Anna’s biscuits. From Sweden. The very best gingerbread the world over. Have you seen themin your parts? https://www.amazon.com.au/Annas-Almond-Thins-150-g/dp/B0031Y7KJQ/ref=asc_df_B0031Y7KKA/?tag=googleshopdsk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=464691678120&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18402954485876990516&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9069165&hvtargid=pla-746731955959&th=1

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    1. I know those biscuits. I’d buy them at Ikea. Love their spicy crispiness. I’ve always admired gingerbread houses but never made them. It’s really for kids and when they were young Id try and limit their candy acces …. so that they could have cake instead ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I made gingerbread houses but in those days I hardly ate any gingerbread. The kids would eat the lollies off the house and I would give the house to my M-i-L who loves ginger, in all its forms. There is a bit of an art to making the house. You could make it as a challenge and then sell it?

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  2. Hi. Speaking of spices: This time of year a lot of breweries make winter ales, using ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and probably other spices. I used to not like beers with spices, but about 15 years ago I changed my mind about that.

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