Monday, November 16, 2009

spicy gingersnaps

Discovering a new gingersnap recipe in a magazine, had my ears perked up and my internal oven ready to bake. Jotting everything down, I figured the Splenda part would be perfect for my father, while the 'spicy' part would be perfect for me.

The recipe is straight forward, at least what I copied down was, and everything goes together in no time. After every thing is mixed, the disc of dough spends an hour or two in the fridge, to make the final shaping easier. As I was going out for the evening, I made the dough around supper time and pulled it out in the morning.

Having recently made bear shaped cookies, I made these relatively boring by using a circle cutter. I didn't get to the 5 dozen cookie yield the recipe mentions, but was close. Baked up, they were good. Not as spicy as I hoped, but that could be easily changed. If anything, the combination of spices and crispy cookie texture, make these perfect for morning tea.

Spicy Gingersnaps

3/4 cup butter, room temp
1 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp allspice

Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in egg and yolk.
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients
Stir in the dry mixture until blended.
Shape the dough into discs, wrap in cling rap, and cool in the fridge (60 mins)

Preheat oven to 350 and line a sheet pan with parchment
Lightly flour a board, and roll out dough to 1/4 inch think
Cut out shapes, circles, squares, men, goats, snowmen, etc.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool. Cookies crisp a bit after cooling.


otoro said...

A few years ago, my wife was baking ginger cookies when she ran out of ground ginger and asked me to make a run to the store. Being lazy - I just suggested she use the fresh root that I had in the fridge.

The cookies were a hit - and we've never gone back to the dried powder since!

Chris said...

Otoro, that's the kind of change I'm taking about. I would even contemplate some candied ginger pieces; just to add a bit more pizazz.

Maki said...

gingersnaps is making me think of christmas even more so now :) i love the idea of fresh ginger too.

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