Ina’s Ginger Cookies
August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Gingery and spicy – this is the perfect accompaniment for a cup of lemon tea. I was planning to serve this along with along side white hot chocolate, but this ginger cookie is sweet enough in itself that it needs something to mellow the sweetness rather than add to it.
This is the first of Ina Garten’s recipes I have tried – and it was great! The spices and ginger provides a nice counterpoint to the sugar and its soft chewy cookie- the kind I like best. I baked this yesterday and its still soft and chewy :).
(from the http://www.foodnetwork.com)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 ounces)
Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined.
- Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.