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Recipe

Double Ginger Crackles

Featured in our 2017 Christmas Guide
Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about four dozen cookies.

The double hit of ginger here comes from both ground ginger and crystallized ginger.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2-3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped crystallized ginger

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size per cookie
      Calories (kcal) : 80
      Fat Calories (kcal): 25
      Fat (g): 3
      Saturated Fat (g): 2
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Cholesterol (mg): 10
      Sodium (mg): 40
      Carbohydrates (g): 12
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 1

Preparation

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar with an electric mixer (a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a hand-held) on medium-high speed until well blended. Add the egg, molasses, and crystallized ginger; beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.
  • Pour the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into a shallow bowl. Using a 1-Tbs. cookie scoop, a small ice cream scoop, or two tablespoons, shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Set the balls 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until the cookies are puffed and the bottoms are lightly browned, 12 to 14 min. If you touch a cookie, it should feel dry on the surface but soft inside. The surface cracks will look a bit wet. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 5 min. and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. When cool, store in airtight containers.
  • Ginger flavor intensifies with time, making these cookies excellent candidates for long keeping. When stored in an airtight container, the cookies remain impressively delicious for up to five days from baking. Well wrapped, the cookies will keep for several weeks in the freezer.

Tip

For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.

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  • Kokinneke | 10/18/2017

    Super yummy and easy to make. I used sirup-ginger in stead of crystallised: it is less sweet and more flavourful. The sugar on the outside gives a crunch once baked and generates the WOW effect. One of the best cookies ever.

  • pharmFoodie314 | 11/08/2015

    This is one excellent cookie, rated so by a really tough crowd. I confess to bumping up the ginger, both ground and crystallized, just for personal taste. The texture is perfect and it's an effortless recipe. I am new to fine Cooking and have come to trust their recipes as reliable.

  • LArcher | 12/06/2014

    These cookies are amazing! My husband's favorite cookie is ginger cookies and these are his new favorite. I have been making these cookies for years and have shared this recipe many times with friends. Had to rate it to share my enthusiasm for this cookie because it is a must bake every Christmas!

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