Let us have a sweet ending to the year with these sweet and aromatic cookies. As these spicy cookies bake, the kitchen will be filled with a wonderful tempting aroma. Children as well adults like these old fashioned ginger cookies equally and will end up fighting for the last cookie left (as happened at my house). Make sure you bake enough of these to go around the neighborhood and spread the warmth of the holidays.
I was very skeptical about making a spice loaded cookie as I was not sure how my boys will like it. Turns out that this ginger cookie is one of the favorite in house not only during the holidays but anytime of the year. As soon as I begin making plans for holiday baking, the first request that I get from boys are for this ginger cookies.
The best part about this cookie is that there is no shaping involved. Also the recipe yields a large quantity of cookies and it is perfect to pass around the neighborhood.
Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – about 12 mins for each batch
Difficulty level – medium
Ingredients – Makes around 60 cookies
- All purpose flour – 2 ½ cups
- Baking soda – 1 tsp
- Ginger (ground) – 1 ½ tsp
- Cinnamon (ground) – ¼ tsp
- Cloves (ground) – ¼ tsp
- Butter – ½ cup (room temperature, diced)
- Caster (super fine) sugar – 1 ¾ cup
- Egg – 1
- Molasses – 4 tbsp
- Fresh lemon juice – 1 tsp
- Preheat the oven to 325 F and grease 3 baking sheets.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and spices into a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the butter and two-thirds of the sugar in the bowl of the mixer and cream together until light and fluffy. Lightly beat in the egg and stir it in.
- Stir in the treacle and the lemon juice. Now add the flour mixture and mix in thoroughly to make soft dough.
- Shape the dough into 2 cm balls. Roll these balls in the remaining sugar to coat and place them on the prepared baking sheets, spaced around 2 inches apart to allow the dough to spread.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are just firm to touch. With a spatula transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Always use fresh spices when making any cookies. Spices left in the spice rack for over a period of time lose their flavor and aroma.
- These cookies need to be baked in batches. It is best not to put more than 2 trays in the oven at a time.
Storing-The cookies store well at room temperature in an airtight container for a week.