Friday, October 30, 2009

Ginger Spice Cookies

It's Halloween tomorrow!!!! I'm so excited. Well excited and sad, because it will be over soon. We're going to check out a local haunted house tomorrow - it's supposed to be one of the best in the area. I can't wait! I hope you all have a Happy Halloween and lots of yummy treats! I picked up some candy corn today for my boyfriend and tried a few pieces. I always thought I hated candy corn but it is really addictive! Now onto the food...


These cookies are pure magic. They are everything I ever could have wanted or hoped for in a ginger molasses cookie. Soft, spicy, not too molassesy, a bit chewy. Absolute perfection. They're really similar to the Starbucks ginger molasses cookie which of course I love (and I know there are many other addicts for this cookie as well). These will be in my cookie rotation until forever. The only thing I might change about the recipe is to cut back on the ginger a bit to 2 teaspoons instead of 2 1/2.


If this sounds good, you might also like:
Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters
Lime Sugar Cookies
Snickerdoodles

Ginger Spice Cookies
Adapted from Bon App├ętit, March 2000

Yield: Makes about 30

2 cups all purpose flour (Ashley note: I halved the recipe and used 143 g.)
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (packed) light/golden brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses (not blackstrap molasses)

Sugar

Combine first 6 ingredients in medium bowl; whisk to blend. Using electric mixer, beat brown sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat until blended. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Put some sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar. Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake cookies until cracked on top but still soft to touch, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 minute. Transfer to racks and cool.

25 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

SO FUN!! Enjoy the Haunted festivities :)

veggievixen said...

oh my gosh, these look magical! so chewy and yummy. i love ginger cookies. actually, ginger in general!

kickpleat said...

haunted houses totally terrify me, so i'll just watch scary movies with friends instead. and i just might make these cookies. your description for them sounds amazing!!

Erin said...

These look delicious! I love ginger cookies!

Johanna said...

happy halloween - I have never heard of these haunted houses so enjoyed checking out the website - never liked these sort of ginger cookies when young but am rediscovering how good they are when home made - love your sugar coating

Steph said...

I just made CI's molasses spice cookies and loved them. Now I want to make them again after seeing your cookies. The sugar didn't stick on my cookies as they did yours.

Hannah said...

Nothing says fall like spice cookies... I've got to make a batch myself, and soon!

Karine said...

I have not had a spice cookie for a long time.. I love yours, they look delicious!

Deborah said...

I'm not normally a ginger cookie lover, but for some reason, these look so good to me right now!!

Lu said...

Yummy, ginger cookies! Love. Them.

CookiePie said...

Gorgeous - they look amazing! I'd like 2 please, with some hot cocoa for dunking!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I hope you had a lot of fun on Halloween! These are my husband's absolute favorite kind of cookie. I'm always in search of the "perfect" recipe, so I'll definitely have to bake these up and earn some good wifey points.

Maureen in Victoria said...

I LOVE ginger cookies! They are my favourite to make at Christmastime, but I'll have to wait 5 more months before I can try your recipe. Gestational diabetes means sugar and I don't get along at all well! Can't wait, though!

Ricki said...

I never liked ginger or spice cookies as a kid, but now I just adore them. These look perfect!

Mollie said...

I am also an avid molasses-ginger lover. Try this recipe from Martha Stewart and see how it compares with the Bon Appetit version. I'm curious to see what you think!

http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/search/label/Molasses

Chef Fresco said...

I hope you had a fun halloween! These look delicious & make me think of Christmas :)

Dana said...

I can see how moist those are just by looking at the photo! This is my husband's favorite kind of cookie but I have yet to find the "go-to" recipe. I'll give this one a try.

Vegetation said...

For me there is no better flavour combination than Gingerbread spices. YUM! These look and sound amazing!

kimberleyblue said...

I think everyone has a go-to ginger cookie recipe, much like a banana bread recipe. That said, I'd be more than willing to give these ones a try!

Monica said...

I baked these this weekend. Overall, I thought they were just ok. A simple glaze spooned over them helped some. The salt and baking soda ratio made these too salty which gave them a bitter aftertaste which fought with the fabulous spices. I will cut the salt in half next time. The spice blend was lovely though. For whatever reason, the tops never did crack for me so I over baked the first batch waiting for that to appear. Next time I might take your Snickerdoodle recipe and tweak it with the spices and molasses. Those Snickerdoodles are cookie crack!

eatme_delicious said...

Monica: Oh no I'm sorry to hear they didn't turn out well for you. :( Tweaking the snickerdoodle recipe sounds like an excellent idea!

Janeite said...

I LOVE cookies like this and make one myself but I add in about 4 tablespoons of finely chopped candied/crystallized ginger (whole foods sells it in those bulk bins) it is SO sinfully good.

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Quin said...

I love the blog! These cookies looked sooo good, but when I tried baking them they really, really didn't work. They spread all over the sheet even after refrigerating, and leaving room on the sheet. I tried leaving the dough longer in the fridge for the next tray - didn't help much. I don't know what happened...

eatme_delicious said...

Quin: Thanks! =) I'm sorry to hear these cookies didn't turn out for you. I'm not sure what went wrong... maybe the butter was too warm when you added it? Or there wasn't enough flour?