Adapted from: Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies & Bars 2008
Made by: Cathy and Carol
I'm not a fan of spicy foods, but I love ginger cookies. This year, my sister and wanted to make cookies to give away to coworkers and friends. We made 2 types of ginger cookies. These ginger cookies and gingerbread men. The original recipe yielded 4 dozen, but I was only able to make 32 cookies. We tried the first batch as written and it was good, but not as flavorful as I hoped. For our second batch, we added some more spice, and it was perfect.
3/4 cup butter
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, molasses and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
3. Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. For even cookies use a tablespoon size cookies scoop.
4. Bake at for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
My cookies were thin probably because I used butter instead of shortening. The cookies had nice chewy centers with a slight crisp edge. Yum!