I was at it again today…
Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Today’s recipe came from Miss Joy the Baker.
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. molasses*
- 3/4 c. chocolate chips [I ‘beefed up’ the original 1/2 c. & chose bittersweet > semisweet.]
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar, for rolling
*Did you know molasses is an excellent source of iron?
Preheat the oven to 350*F.
Sift the flour, baking soda, spices and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until smoothly blended, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. Add the egg and molasses and mix until blended and an even light color, about 1 minute. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Spread the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough between the palms of your hands into a ball, toss the ball in sugar to coat and place on the prepared baking sheet. Continue making cookies, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm but they are still soft in the center and there are several large cracks on top, about 12-14 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
The recipe made 28 cookies to wrap up and give to friends and family tomorrow as a simple gesture of my thankfulness.
Speaking of tomorrow… is your stomach getting hungry? All I have to do is take a glance at my plate from Thanksgiving 2009, and my mouth begins to water. I’m going for a longgg run in the morning with my gals – a holiday tradition – before making
pizza pancakes for the parents. Then, it’s time to prepare the pies and potatoes.
I hope your day is deliciously enjoyable,
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At what time do you eat your Thanksgiving meal?
Unlike most, we don’t eat our meal until dinner time, around 6:00 or 7:00pm. Therefore, I will definitely be munching throughout the day tomorrow.
How do you healthify your Thanksgiving… or do you?
Our Thanksgiving meal tends to be rather healthy. I still consume an absurd amount of calories – I am sure – but we always start with a salad, and I try to make my plate as colorful as possible… then comes dessert ;)