One not-so-big change is that I am tripling the recipe in the process pictures. I end up giving tons away and want to make sure that a lot of people I know get them. This is not just a presumption either. I get asked to make them with subtle ("It's been a while since you made those...") and not-so-subtle ("Want cookie now!") requests on a semi-regular basis.
The other changes will just be incorporated into the recipe. Let's begin.
Step 1: Fire Up the Oven
Step 2: Dry Ingredients
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. ground ginger (normal method)
For the cinnamon and cloves I prefer to get these in sticks and whole piece and grind them myself in a mortar and pestle. That's completely up to you. I think that the flavors come out a bit more and I got a huge mortar and pestle from Thailand as a wedding present. It also ups the workout quotient from zero to about 2 (on a scale of 0 to whatever).
As for the ginger I don't put it in here. You can probably guess why, but for the easier road, and there's no shame in that, use the stuff from the store.
Mix up the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Step 3: Grate Some Ginger
Step 4: Start to Mix Wet Ingredients
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 to 3 tsp. ginger
Start by mixing the softened butter and sugar together.
Step 5: Mix in the Rest
Step 6: Stir in the Dry Ingredients
Step 7: Drop the Balls of Dough on the Cookie Tray
Now toss it in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Step 8: Taking the Cookies Out
For these cookies the sign that they're good is when crevices start to appear in them and there is just the slightest hint of a bit of browning. This should take 8 - 10 minutes. The cookies below have already cooled a bit. Cookies in the oven will look almost twice as big.
Cool the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack for another 5 minutes or so before plating them.
Step 9: Eat and Give to Others
Now eat a few and pass the rest out to other folks who need a boost in their day.