Sometimes all a dreary December day needs to be transformed to a festive moment is a recipe with the nostalgia-inducing flavors of the holiday season.
Ginger and other spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, are anticipated for their palate-warming qualities in drinks, baked goods and savory dishes. Few edible treats say happy holidays like giant ginger cookies or maple cinnamon star cookies.
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Giant ginger cookies
From Josh Johnson, The Kentucky Gent (thekentuckygent.com)
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar, plus ⅓ cup for coating
- 6 tablespoons molasses
- 1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cloves and pepper.
With an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in molasses and egg.
With the mixer on low, gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined.
Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic and freeze for 20 minutes.
Divide dough into twelve 2-inch balls.
Place remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar in a bowl.
Roll balls in sugar to coat; place at least 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
Flatten into 3-inch rounds. Sprinkle with sugar remaining in bowl.
Bake until brown, rotating sheets halfway through, 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool cookies on a wire rack.
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