chewy snaps (more oxymorons to come!)

September 11, 2006

I was so flattered when I received a request from my cousin, a fantastic baker in his own right, to post on my blog the recipe of the Ginger Snap cookies I baked for this weekend. So here it is. These are *such* easy cookies and are beautiful and very elegant. I made the dough early in the week and refrigerated it until Friday morning, when I formed and baked the cookies. The trick to the chewy deliciousness of these cookies is to bake them for 10 minutes ONLY – don’t leave them in longer, even if they seem like they’re not done yet. Once they cool, they’ll harden just enough. Also, do not leave out the salt in this recipe – it gives them a really good balance for some reason. The original recipe is from the food network and can be found here or below. My cousin tells me that they sell special fat sugar at Williams-Sonoma (or any of those specialty stores) that would go really well as the outside coating of these cookies.

Ginger Snaps
(Recipe Courtesy of Cathy Lowe)

3/4 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in molasses and egg. Add 1 cup of flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and stir to combine. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time. Chill dough in freezer for 15 minutes (Saltyfemme adds: you can also refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, depending on your time constraints). Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

(The photo above was stolen from Dylan’s fabulous blog, though the cookies pictured were indeed baked by yours truly. I made those cookies a few months ago for a dinner that he attended. And I didn’t take pictures of the cookies this weekend. But they’re the same.)


One comment

  1. For all you non-believers, I tried one of these yesterday and they are deee-licious! gingery, snappy, crunchy and yummy dipped in your mid-afternoon Earl-Grey (with a drop of half&half)… Salty, you rockstar!

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