Make This | Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies
January 2, 2013
Hello new year. Yesterday I dropped my 7 quart dutch oven on my foot. Granted, it wasn’t from very far up, but it still was enough to do some mysterious damage. I was fine all throughout the day until the evening when I popped my last batch of cookies into the oven. As I walked around setting up to take some pictures, it went from minor pain to what my husband called “a zombie limp”. He was in a different room and all he heard was “ka-thunk. ka-thunk. ka-thunk.” I forgive you dutch oven because you yielded some delicious New Years Day coq au vin, but from now on you live on the bottom shelf.
In other news, these cookies from Bon Appetit are delicious. I had been craving a good spice cookie for the holidays and just couldn’t gather the ingredients until now – the grocery was entirely out of any molasses Christmas Day and I mourned a little. They’re certainly chewy and the black pepper conceals well, just giving off a little bit of heat to bolster the trio of ginger. I used these ginger chips which made things simpler; cutting candied ginger can get sticky real fast. Fresh from the oven they are fantastic though. They’re crisp at the edges, chewy and rich in the center, and have an added crunch due to the raw sugar coating. I personally am liking ginger a fair bit these days, but be warned, others may be overwhelmed by the flavor or the surprise chunk of candied ginger.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (preferably trans-fat free)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup blackstrap (robust) molasses
- 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 cup raw or sanding sugar
- Arrange racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat brown sugar, shortening, and butter in a large bowl, scraping down sides halfway through beating, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add egg, molasses, grated ginger, and vanilla; beat just to blend. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed just to blend. Mix in crystallized ginger (dough will be very soft and sticky).
- Place raw sugar in a shallow bowl. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough. Using a second spoon, scoop dough from tablespoon measure into bowl with raw sugar; turn to coat well. Roll into ball. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with half of remaining dough and sugar, spacing balls 1 1/2″ apart.
- Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are firm and centers appear cracked, 10–12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool. Repeat with remaining dough and sugar, using cooled baking sheets and new parchment.
- DO AHEAD: The dough can be covered and stored in the fridge for 12 hours. I brought it back to room temp before baking again. The cookies can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature between sheets of parchment or waxed paper.