Monday, January 23, 2012

Drum Roll Please!

    And Finally, the post you've all been waiting for....... Ginger Snaps!!!  About time right? Well here you go!  Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown ;)

What You'll Need:
  • 9 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (or 50% cinnamon and 50% nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces molasses, by weight
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 ounces finely chopped candied ginger (this is expensive at vons, try world market!)
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Then, In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, clove and salt.

Next, place the brown sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. 

Then, add the molasses, egg and fresh ginger and beat on medium for 1 minute. 

Then, add the crystallized ginger and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. 
Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.

With a 2-teaspoon sized scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined half sheet pan approximately 2-inches apart. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 minutes for slightly chewy cookies or 15 minutes for more crisp cookies. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to stay on the sheet pan for 30 seconds before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 


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