Thursday, February 18, 2010

Daddy's Magically Sublimating Cookies

On my on-going quest to find ginger cookies exactly like Gabriel thinks they should be (no idea what this means), I stumbled upon this ginger cookie recipe. It has three different forms of ginger in it, as well as cardamom AND cloves, so really, it's a spice cookie. Either way you look at it, this is one good cookie.

I made a batch for Christmas and brought them to my parents house. The next day, I got a call from my dad, asking me if I was aware that I'd given him "sublimating cookies." "Sublimating?" I asked (the direct transition of a substance from the solid state into the gaseous state). "Yeah, they all disappeared." So I made some more. :D

Ginger Cookies
(Download PDF here)

Ingredient List

butter (½ cup + 2 tbsp)
brown sugar (1 cup)
egg (1 large)
molasses (¼ cup)
gingerroot, fresh
AP flour (1 ¾ cup)
baking soda
kosher salt
ground cardamom
ground cloves
ground ginger
candied ginger (115 g)

Directions
Bring ½ cup + 2 tbsp butter and 1 large egg to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Finely grate 2 tsp gingerroot and mince 115 g candied ginger. Set aside.

Combine in a small bowl: 1¾ cup AP flour, 1½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp ground cardamom, ½ tsp ground cloves, and 1 tbsp ground ginger.

In a medium bowl, beat 1 cup brown sugar into room temperature butter until lighter in colour. Add the egg, ¼ cup molasses, and the grated ginger, at medium speed. Mix in the minced candied ginger.

Slowly add the dry ingredients, in batches, waiting until the previous amount has been incorporated before adding more.

Form dough into 1 inch balls on baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Makes approximately 48 cookies.

Notes
To make gingerbread cookies, add an extra 1 cup AP flour to the dry ingredients. Roll dough out and cut into shapes. Bake as for regular ginger cookies.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 66
Total fat 3 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 82 mg
Carbohydrate 10 g
Dietary fibre 0 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 2 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 1 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

Original Source: Good Eats - Ginger: Rise of the Rhizome - Ginger Snaps

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