Sunday, September 23, 2012

gingerdoodles


Today I wore long sleeves on my morning run, and leaves crinkled under my feet. It's getting cooler around here. When it starts to get chilly, nothing warms the heart quite like ginger and cinnamon.


Ginger has that nice, sharp bite that reminds me of crisp, fall air.
Cinnamon has that warm, homey quality that reminds me of thick, woolen blankets.
When put together in the form of a cookie, they become an unbelievable hybrid of pricklygingersnaps and doughy snickerdoodles. Behold the gingerdoodle. 


The strong flavor of a molasses ginger cookie is countered by the soft, sugary flavor of the snickerdoodle. After being rolled in cinnamon sugar, they are baked until crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. All I want to do is cuddle up in some blanckets, brew a pot of tea and devour some of these soft, chewy cookies for a while.


With love,
Erica

P.S. These would be great cookies to make for the holiday season! They are festive and stay chewy for days!


Snickerdoodle Dough
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon cinnamon + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar for rolling cookies in

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well, until creamy. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar and mix until combined. Dough will be a little of crumbly, but it'll come together when you roll it into balls.

Combine cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl and set aside for rolling dough in.

Gingersnap Dough
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies in

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg and continue beating. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Put 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl and set aside for rolling dough in.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Roll a small amount of gingersnap dough into a ball and toss in granulated sugar. Roll a small amount of snickerdoodle dough in a ball and toss in cinnamon-sugar.

Place both doughs together and gently roll or squeeze together (it worked best if I kneaded the snickerdoodle dough in my hand a few times before rolling both doughs together since it's a  thicker consistency).

Place on baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before moving to cooling racks.

Source: A Year of Cookies.

6 comments:

  1. could you PLEASE stop having a perfect food blog? seriously, i haven't even been following you for all that long, and every new post makes me that much more weepy and filled with longing for an oven that works.

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    1. Thank you so much -- this comment really made my day (I am in the middle of studying for a big English test). Thanks for making me smile :)

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  2. Gingerdoodles--the name is too cute! I am eating crystallized ginger out of my trail mix bag as we speak (AHHHHH TRADER JOES CAME TO HOUSTON!!!!) and sitting in my chair dying to make these!! They sound so spicy chewy good for fall/winter and I would definitely make these as a Holiday present!!

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    1. Thank you so much! OH MY GOD TRADER JOES IS MY LIFE! These would make a great holiday present. Oh, and next time you are at Trader Joes, pick up a bag of their frozen orange chicken. It is seriously better than the orange chicken you get at ANY chinese restaurant. Trust me :)

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    2. Ahhh dying I'm actually vegetarian (pescatarian) but I have no doubt that Trader Joes has awesome orange chicken. I've so excited to have easy access to their peanut butter though!! Before, my mom would ship it to me. Haha. Alsooo I'm just realizing I think you are the one who doesn't like peanut butter. Haha I guess we're even--recommending things to each other that we wouldn't eat!

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    3. Haha yes, I am the girl who doesn't eat peanut butter! So funny :) We are even now ;)

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