Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, November 7, 2010

old fashioned ginger cookies

one of my very favorite cookie recipes comes from my friend cindy.  she shared this recipe with me about one year ago.  every time i bake these cookies, i think of her as the wonderful ginger smell fills my kitchen.

these cookies are very similar to a ginger snap and are very tasty.  i bake them more during the holidays and especially recommend them for fall meals.  they are great served with ice cream, or even with a cup of tea on a cool afternoon.  here is the recipe:

2 cups flour,1 Tbsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, ¾ cup unsalted butter (or shortening), 1 cup sugar, 1 egg , and ¼ cup molasses

Mix dry ingredients (flour, ginger, cinnamon, soda and salt) together in a bowl.
Cream butter, sugar, egg and molasses in mixer.
Add dry ingredients to the mixer and blend well.

If shortening is used, chill mixture first, and then roll into small balls. Coat with additional sugar. If butter is at room temp, must chill cookies as well.

I use unsalted butter and do not chill. Use a small cookie scoop to form the cookies, and flatten with the bottom of a glass or spoon dipped in sugar.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. These cookies are flat and crispy; similar to a ginger snap. I have also tried demerara sugar for the rolling stage for an added crunch.

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