3/4/13

Chocolate Gingersnaps

When one is thinking about ingredients for cookies, fresh ginger usually doesn't pop into ones mind.  No.  Fresh ginger is usually reserved for noodle bowls and jazz like that.  
No, no ginger in cookies.  

Unless.  Unless. 
Unless that cookie is a gingersnap cookie.  A chocolate gingersnap cookie at that. 

Hey, girl, hey.  

My obsession with chocolate gingersnap cookies started over Christmas after sampling one at my dad's house.  I was hooked immediately and haven't really been able to stop thinking about them since them.  When pick your own source cookbook club rolled around last month and I had dessert, I didn't spend to long thinking about what I would make.   
These buddies are good!  Stick this recipe in your back pocket and save it for Christmas treats.  Or  you could just make some for yourself and those you love this weekEither way.  There will be no regrets.  Only smiles and happy sweet tooths....
Chocolate Gingersnaps
from Taste of Home

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbl water
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbl cocoa
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
7 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until they are fluffy.  Beat in molasses, water and ginger root. Combine the flour, cocoa, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Gradually add this to the butter mixture and mix well.  Stir in chocolate.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 350.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls, roll in sugar.  Place on greased baking sheets.  

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops start to crack.  Don't overbake them!  So much better when they are a little chewy. Cool for 2 minutes until transferring them to a wire rack.    

1 comment:

  1. Vintage fashioned ginger breaks have a chewy center and are full of spicy ginger taste that goes flawlessly with a glass of raw goats or dairy cows milk. The flavors fill your kitchen and home with the stink of Christmas while the cookies are oven baking. Ginger has antioxidants and is an herbal aid for the digestion.
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