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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Double Ginger Crackles

Submitted by: Lisa
I was in Penzy's Spice store again and decided to get something I hadn't used before....Crystallized Ginger.  It has been sitting in my cupboard for a couple of weeks while I  thought about it.  After searching online and finding multiple suggestions, I settled on this cookie recipe.  I was so pleased with it that I am adding it to my favorites.  What I liked most about it was that they stayed soft and moist.  I am not traditionally a fan of ginger snaps, these are in a class all their own.  You get a double hit of ginger on your tongue when you bite into them.  Between the ground ginger and the crystallized ginger, you get different sensations along your tongue.  It was fun to eat!
10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour 
2-3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. table salt
6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/4 cup molasses
3 Tbs. finely chopped crystallized ginger
Tip: For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.

Line two large cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt. 

In a large bowl, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar with an electric mixer (a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a hand-held) on medium-high speed until well blended. 

Add the egg, molasses, and crystallized ginger; beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.
ground ginger, and crystallized ginger

Pour the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into a shallow bowl. Using a 1-Tbs. cookie scoop, a small ice cream scoop, or two tablespoons, shape the dough into 1-inch balls. 

Roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Set the balls 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until the cookies are puffed and the bottoms are lightly browned, 12 to 14 min. If you touch a cookie, it should feel dry on the surface but soft inside. 

The surface cracks will look a bit wet. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 5 min. and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. When cool, store in airtight containers.

Ginger flavor intensifies with time, making these cookies excellent candidates for long keeping. When stored in an airtight container, the cookies remain impressively delicious for up to five days from baking. Well wrapped, the cookies will keep for several weeks in the freezer.
Source:  Fine Cooking Dec 2005

1 comment:

  1. These look great Lisa! I've always meant to buy some crystallized ginger and try it sometime. This looks like a great recipe for fall (or anytime!).