Soft Ginger Snap Cookies

IMG_3408 The other day, we decided to skip naptime and spend the afternoon baking instead. * side note, it would appear that naptime is evolving into more of a quiet time – which is not actually that quiet since my kind elderly neighbour lent J some bongo drums. But that is beside the point. These cookies are one of my favourite.  My mother-in-law started sending these cookies over a few years ago, they are a go-to in her baking line up – and for good reason: they have all the delicious flavour of a ginger snap cookie, but instead of being crunchy, they are deliciously chewy. They are also pretty simple to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients. What they do require is a bit of time, since the recipe makes 8 dozen small cookies. I say the way to tackle these is at the dining room table, with a classic christmas flick (White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation, any of those would do), and perhaps some mulled wine.

You’ll need

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda

How to

Stir soda into molasses , set aside * make sure you use a good size bowl – the mixture will increase in size

Cream (room temperature) butter and sugar

Add eggs, mix well

Add molasses/soda, mix well

Add dry ingredients, mix well

Form into balls (I use a cookie baller  so they come out uniform in size)

Roll in sugar to coat

Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

Bake 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees * I find that 10 is the best for my oven, but it might be worthwhile to try a tester cookie to see where you land.

* let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.

Yeild 8 doz small cookies or 4 doz larger cookies.

IMG_3402IMG_3397IMG_3407 After all our baking was said and done, we bagged up a bunch of cookies and J delivered them to some of our neighbours –  kids are such great purveyors of holiday cheer.  Hope you’re having a sweet December!

P.S. Another one of my favourite holiday treats here.

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