Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ginger chewies

Ginger chewies

The lovely Susan is hosting a beautiful event called “Christmas Cookies from Around the World” – if you want to bake cookies and need inspiration that is the place to go!


I have been meaning to bake something for the event ever since she announced it but had a hard time choosing the recipe. I have posted lots of cookies lately, but I wanted something more Christmassy for the event. And I think these fit the bill.

I’m a huge fan of spices so this cookie has become one of my all-time favorites. I hope you like them too!

Happy Holidays!

Ginger chewies

Ginger chewies
another one from Big Fat Cookies

2 ¼ cups (315g) unbleached all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves – I used a little less
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks/170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (160g) packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup (60ml) molasses
about ¼ cup (55g) granulated sugar

Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until smoothly blended, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. Add the egg and molasses and mix until blended and an even light brown color, about 1 minute. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it.

Spread the granulated sugar in a large piece of waxed/parchment paper or in a plate. Roll 1 leveled tablespoon of dough between the palms of your hands and form a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar and place on the prepared baking sheets. Continue making cookies, spacing them 2 inches (5cm) apart.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm but they are still soft in the center and there are several large cracks on top, about 14 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

The cookies can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Ginger chewies

Makes 45 - if you want to make giant cookies like the ones in the book, use ¼ cup of dough per ball; you should get 14 cookies.

Ginger chewies

Cookies ready to be delivered!


Anonymous said...

Patricia, these cookies and the ones in your last two posts look sooo good! You also bake the most perfectly shaped cookies I've ever seen. Each one is picture perfect. I agree that ginger cookies do seem very Christmasy. Of course, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cookies are appropriate no matter what the season. -Julie

desie said...

i love the idea of cinnamon and ginger. these sound fabulous, as usual.

Mallow said...

Yum...those look like they are the perfect cookie-texture. I love spicy cookies!

test it comm said...

Your ginger cookies look really good. I always enjoy gingerbread cookies around the holidays.

Gattina Cheung said...

Pat, no one makes a better spokeperson for cinnamon than you! Did you make that Santa cross-stitch? Gorgeous! Merry Christmas.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Oooh, I love ginger cookies with cinnamon and cloves, especially when they are warm and chewy right from the oven. They'll be perfect for the holidays!

Anonymous said...

Those cookies sound like they would make fantastic holiday gifts. Soft, chewy, and spicy- Seriously, what's not to love?

eatme_delicious said...

I'm always on the lookout for yummy ginger cookies so I'll have to try these! They look perfect.

michelle said...

You continue to impress, Patricia! These look *so* yummy! The recipient of these cookies is going to be very happy!

Rita Sella said...

I made lot of cookies this year. I baked at night, packed in the morning and it's straight to delivery.. never make time to photo session xixixi... too bad. I like your packaging !beautifully dressed up ^_^

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Tis the season to bake cookies! These look so yummy. The sugar just sparkles! Happy Holidays, Patricia!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

It looks like you have chosen well, Patricia. Chewy, fragrant, delicious ginger cookies that are topped with glistening sugar -- they're the ideal Christmas cookie. Thank you for submitting them to my event. Happy Holidays! Susan

Dana said...

Oh, YUM! You know I love me some ginger cookies -- *especially* chewy ones!!!

sher said...

I think you are the cookie queen! So many great photos lately! And I love any cookie that has the word "chewie" in it. This looks like the perfect Christmas cookie!

Happy Holidays, Patricia! See you next year!

MPG said...

These look lovely Patricia - you can never have too many cookies for Christmas :) Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Nora B. said...

Merry Christmas, Patricia. I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful day and also best wishes for 2008.

x Nora

Cynthia said...

This is a perfect event for you :D

Happy Holidays my friend.

Anonymous said...

this year seems like cookie years for you (and me :)). happy holidays Pat, have a fun one!

Cakebrain said...

Beautiful cookies, Patricia. Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year!

Pat said...

Merry Christmas Patricia!! And thanks for all the fantastic recipes!!! Hope you and your family have a lovely Holiday and a very Happy New Year too!!!

Nic said...

Very nice and great spices!
Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

mmmmmm yum yum love any cookie with ginger in it. Merry Christmas Patricia!

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

Your cookie box recipients are so lucky! Everything sounds so good!

Anonymous said...

You are the cookie queen! All the cookies you have been making look scrumptious...and these ginger ones sound just right for the season :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Julie, my dear! How great to see you around again!
I'm so glad you like my cookies - *blushing with all the compliments*

May, thank you, sweetie!

Mallow, these were a nice surprise!

Kevin, I wanted to make gingerbread men but there was no time. :(

Gattina, I do love cinnamon and you know that, my dear friend! The Santa is one of the ornaments I made for my tree!

Lydia, I had to refrain myself from eating them all out of the oven. :)

Hannah, they were gifts - luckily I got to keep a couple for myself. :)

Hi, sweetie! I do hope you like them.

Michelle, thank you!

Rita, I had to run like a crazy person to get them all done, just like you! So glad you stopped by and liked the package!

T.W., the sugar really adds a nice touch, thank you, my friend!

Susan, I'm glad you like these - I'm sorry it took me forever to decide which cookie to take part in with! :)

Dana, they are chewy in the middle and a little crips on the edges. :)

Sher, coming from you I'm so flattered by that! ;)
Happy Holidays, dear!

Hi, darling! Thank you for commenting on my blgo and also on my Flickr.

Nora, thank you, dear. I wish you all the best!

Cynthia, I'm so glad you feel this way. ;)

Eliza, we can't have too many cookies, let's keep on baking! :)

Cakebrain, I still want to try some of the cookies you posted!

Pat, thank you! It means a lot to me!

Nic, thank you!

R Khooks, tks for visiting!

Kristen, I do hope they like the cookies!

Joey, thank you! *smiling*

Deborah said...

I love the idea of a chewy ginger cookie - I'll have to try these, even though Christmas is over!

Katy said...

love it -- i could eat ginger anything!

SteamyKitchen said...

boyohboy I'm going to have to go on a huge diet after xmas!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Yes please! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Patricia.

Manggy said...

I've been waiting for your entry, Patricia-- you're sort of a bakies goddess in these parts :)

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Patricia--I LOVE crispy, crunchy ginger snaps. I'm sure this wonderful chewy version would be even more delightful.

kickpleat said...

i didn't make any ginger cookies this year and now i'm kicking myself. maybe i should make some of these soon (well, once most of the sugar has left our bloodstream!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Deb, they are good but the cloves are there, too. :)

Katy, I love it too!

Jaden, tell me about it... :S

Amanda, I did and I hope you did too, my sweet friend!

Manggy, you are so, so sweet. Your comment put a huge smile on my face. :)

Terry, you should try these, my friend. :)

Kickpleat, really? Try these - in February, that is. :)

Jaime said...

these look lovely, as does the rest of your blog :) thanks for stopping by to visit my blog... gave me the opportunity to see yours! i will be adding you to my google reader...

365daysofbaking said...

I made these tonight and they were ABSOLUTELY delicious!!! Thank you so very much for posting the recipe!
I'm glad I found you - love your blog!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Lynne! That is fantastic news - I'm so glad you liked the cookies! Thank YOU for letting me know how the recipe worked out for you.

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