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Ginger Crackles

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Yields about 3 dozen cookies.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 24

These spicy ginger crackles are chewy, old-fashioned cookies with broad appeal.

  • 10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Heat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. In another large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and 1 cup of the sugar with a mixer or a wooden spoon until well combined. Add the egg and molasses to the butter mixture; beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended, scraping down the bowl often (if you’re using an electric mixer, set it on low speed). Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the remaining sugar. Put the balls 2 inches apart (they need room to spread) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges and puffed, about 13 minutes. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead Tips

To freeze these ahead, put the sugared dough balls on a tray in the freezer until they’re rock-hard and then stash them in zip-top bags. When it’s time to bake, arrange them on cookie sheets and let them thaw while the oven heats up.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per cookie; Calories (kcal): 100; Fat (g): fat g 4; Fat Calories (kcal): 40; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 15; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 55; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 15; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

These are Fantastic! I made these for a fundraiser, and people said they were the best cookie they had ever had! I froze the uncooked dough balls and then just baked them off as needed after they came back to room temperature. Recipe doubles and triples easily. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. The combination of ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses gave the cookie great flavor. Even people who said they didn't like ginger cookies Loved these and came back for more. Shelf life was a good week. Perfect.

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