June 10, 2009

Ina's Ultimate Ginger Cookie

I have a Bunco game tonight which is always potluck style, so I need to bring either a dessert or an appetizer. Dessert is always a good idea, and everyone loves a good cookie. I decided to try this recipe, since Ina usually delivers delicious food. I saw her demonstrate them on her show, and they looked quite simple to prepare...which is a bonus. I love ginger cookies, so I am looking forward to sampling these beauties. With a title like "Ultimate Ginger Cookie" I am sure they will be a huge hit!

Ultimate Ginger Cookie
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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 ounces)
Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined.

Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

The Result:
These cookies turned out exactly how they were supposed to...delicious! They were crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and very ginger-y. I will make these again, for sure. Ina rocks!!!

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