My best friend’s parents (who i count as extended family – they’ve been so very wonderful to me for so many years) moved into a bigger house in the DC area this year, and I was invited to their housewarming party tonight. They’ve got a great set-up and had the entire place full of friends, neighbors and family. I brought a platter of cookies to help feed the guests. I went with my faithful standby chocolate chip cookies and also some ginger spice cookies, which are a larger, chewier version of those tasty gingersnaps from childhood.
Ginger Spice Cookies (from an old church cookbook recipe)
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar; plus half cup for rolling dough in
¼ cup molasses
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices in medium-large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Add molasses mix to flour in two parts, and blend until incorporated.
Shape dough into walnut-sized balls; roll in the half cup of extra sugar until coated. Place lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before moving to a serving/storage container. Makes two and a half dozen cookies.
Recommended for: that time when you want a flavorful and non-chocolate dessert, a great holiday cookie, and a simple recipe that will remind you of a childhood favorite.
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