gingerbread.

November 16, 2009

ginger2gosh. ask and ye shall receive is right. looks like my mom’s been poking around the old tea leaves again and noticed that a few of you had asked for her gingerbread cookie recipe. well, here it is, from my momma to you:

 
In a good-sized bowl, whisk two cups of flour (all-purpose will do), two teaspoons of soda (the baking kind), one teaspoon each ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon,and a wee quarter-teaspoon coarse salt. Dance them ’round the bowl, then set them aside. In a wide-mouthed bowl, beat a generous cup of sugar and twelve tablespoons butter (unsalted and no more than room temp)—that’s one and a half sticks, if you’re stickishly inclined. Cream them together till they’re fluffy ’n light; scrape the sides to blend them nicely. Atop o’ this, crack a fresh brown egg–any hue will do, but make it room temp and large. Whisk and whisk again, then add a quarter cup molasses (blackstrap and unsulphured), and stir it through and through. Add the flour mixture, a bit at a time, then blend, blend, blend,with wooden spoon or paddle, till you have a caramel-colored dough, thick and grainy. Gather the goodness into a mound and plop the lot into a fresh clean bowl. Tuck some wrap around it and chill it for an hour. Heat an oven to 350 and pre-set its rack: one in the middle works best, but you knew that. Line a cookie tray with parchment, then pour half a cup of sugar into a wee bowl. When the dough seems chilled, scoop it out by hand and roll it in your palms: one-inch balls—or one-and-a-half—make a good melt-in- your-mouth size. Dress each ball in a coat of sugar, then set on the tray, two inches apart. Bake in batches a quarter hour (or up to 20 minutes) till the centers are firm and the color looks oak-y. Cool on a rack for 10 more minutes—unless you can’t wait, and who could blame you?

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20 Comments

  • Reply Kitty November 17, 2009 at 12:51 am

    those look amazing – can't wait to bust them out for the thanksgiving holiday! thanks for sharing! xo kitty

  • Reply Elizabeth November 17, 2009 at 12:55 am

    This is going to be my next Sunday afternoon. Bless your mother 🙂

  • Reply Callie Grayson November 17, 2009 at 1:02 am

    sweet!!
    Thanks to your mum for me please!!
    so love ginger cookies! can't wait to make them.
    xx
    callie

  • Reply {lovely little things} November 17, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I love gingerbread!

  • Reply ourlittlelovenest November 17, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Now that is the most adorable recipe I have ever read and they look so massively delicious. My favourite cookie too!! woohoo! xoxo

  • Reply Allison November 17, 2009 at 3:25 am

    thanks, erin's mom! i'm so excited to try out this recipe. it sounds so good.

  • Reply Simply Mel November 17, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Your mom is so cool!

  • Reply Same New Story November 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

    love the way this was written! these sound and look amazing.

  • Reply Anna November 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    i can't wait to try these; thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Illinivicki November 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I'm sure any recipe that is this adorably written tastes even better. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Diana November 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you!! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel November 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Gingerbread in any form is my favorite. These look amazing.

  • Reply Robin November 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    thanks erin's mom! these look wonderful, i may indulge in making them even though its not fall here. ginger cookies can be good for spring too, right?

  • Reply Pretty Neat Designs November 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    should not have read this post on an empty stomach. My mouth is watering and I want for dinner are cookies. That can be arranged.

  • Reply anotherfishinthesea November 18, 2009 at 1:30 am

    These look delicious and I love how she wrote this, it made me grin 🙂

  • Reply The Lil Bee November 18, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Your mom is just about the cutest thing ever! How adorable of her to share this with us:) Is it wrong of me to email it to my mom as a hint-hint for Christmas time?! (She's way more of a cook than I am!)

  • Reply jen November 18, 2009 at 5:06 am

    just pulled some cookies akin to this out of the oven. heavenly.
    there's no recipe like a recipe from mom.

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau November 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    thank mom!!!

  • Reply chelsea Fuss November 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    yum!!

  • Reply Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen November 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    These look amazing! I've been looking for an awesome gingerbread cookie recipe. Will have to try!

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