I know that autumn and the holidays are mostly behind us, but I had to share this delicious recipe with you. These are soft ginger cookies, full of spice and sweetness, and perfect to eat when the weather is cold outside. One bite of these cookies, and you will be thinking of gingerbread and Christmas and that timeless flavor that we all love during the fall and winter.
I found this treasure of a recipe on allrecipes.com, with just a teeny bit of adaptation. I'd highly recommend you jump over to the original recipe and read some of the tips and raving reviews about these cookies, as I don't do them justice here.
First, you'll want to combine the dry ingredients into one bowl: flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
What makes this recipe is the perfect blend of so many sweet spices.
Mix them all together and set the bowl aside.
In a large bowl, start with 3/4 cup butter, room temperature.
Add white sugar, one cup's worth.
Blend the butter and sugar together until creamy.
Add one egg and mix it in.
Add a tablespoon of water . . .
. . . and 1/4 cup of molasses.
Molasses is so rich and flavorful--a timeless taste.
Mix the molasses in.
Then start to incorporate the flour and spice mix, one cup and a time.
If you're mixing it by hand (like I did), your arm will have quite the workout by the end.
But it's SO worth it!
Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and coat them with sugar.
Then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the centers have set.
Be careful not to overcook!
These are such a treat!
Eat with milk or hot chocolate.
Soft Ginger Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar (for coating)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Blend well and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar and cream together. Add the egg, water, and molasses and stir until evenly blended. Mix in flour and spice mixture one cup at a time until fully incorporated.
3) Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and coat in remaining sugar. Place an inch apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the centers have set. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. Store in an airtight container.