Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies

We made these yesterday and they were so yummy! The kids begged for them for breakfast this morning. The way they smell reminds me of Christmas and got me just a tad bit more excited for the holidays, if that were even possible!

The recipe calls for semi sweet chocolate to be chopped but I used semi sweet chips since that was what I had on hand and it worked perfectly. I also cut the amount of ginger in half and feel that they have plenty of ginger taste. They are soft and chewy and have great flavor!

Chocolate Ginger Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger (you can substitute 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger for one of the teaspoons if desired)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon Dutch process cocoa powder
1 stick of butter (4 ounces) at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses (remember to spray measuring cup with Pam for easy release)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water
7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup sugar

Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cocoa. In stand mixer with paddle attachment (can also use hand mixer), beat butter and brown sugar till combined and fluffy. Add molasses and mix to combine.

In a small bowl, combine baking soda and water. Mix half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix in baking soda mixture, the the remaining flour mixture. Stir in chocolate. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or longer.

Line sheet pans with parchment. Preheat oven to 325ยบ. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (approximately a rounded tablespoonful) and refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll dough balls in sugar and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Makes 36 cookies.

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