These cookies were born out of those memories. Instead of the rigid cookies that edible-house building requires, these cookies are soft and chewy. They're also heavy on the spices, with lots of rich molases, cinnamon, and - of course - GINGER! I think they're perfect for the winter, and go great with a nice mug of spiked apple cider.
Step 1: Step 1: Get Ready
Then, gather your ingredients:
* 3 cups flour (I prefer unbleached, "all-purpouse" flour for this recipe.)
* 4 teaspoons ground ginger
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup margarine
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon apple cider (OR orange juice)
* 3/4 cup molasses (Use the full flavor, or even the "Robust" - if you can handle it!)
* small pile (a few tablespoons) white sugar in a shallow dish
Step 2: Step 2: Prepare Your Dry Ingredients
Step 3: Step 3: Prepare Your Wet Ingredients
Step 4: Step 4: Mix the Dough
At this point, If you have time, I'd highly recommend covering the bowl and sticking it in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make the dough firmer and much easier to handle.
If you don't have time, you could use two spoons to make dough balls - I usually end up abandoning this process and just diving right in with my (well-washed) hands!
Step 5: Step 5: Prepare to Bake
Next, wet the flat bottom of a glass, and dip the bottom into the dish with extra sugar.
Use this sugar-coated surface to flatten the cookies to about 1/2 inch thick. (Don't skip this step - the cookies won't flatten on their own!)
Step 6: Step 6: Bake, and Enjoy!
Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer them off of the cookie tray onto another surface to cool. (Don't overlap the cookies as they cool - they will stick together!) Once cool, you can store the cookies in an airtight container with a piece of parchment in between - that is, IF you have any left over!
Step 7: Step 7: BONUS ROUND
Simply let the ice cream soften a little bit, then slather a few spoonfuls on a cookie.
Place a similarly-sized cookie on top, and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Smush a little bit to distribute the ice cream fully and freeze for a few hours. It's the perfect winter treat to enjoy next to the fireplace!