Everyday that I post a new cookie, I am one day closer to Christmas…and I have one less day to figure out gifts for my grandparents. They are honestly the hardest people to shop for…ever. They have everything could possibly want and what they don’t have they go buy for themselves immediately. And the only thing I can think of to get them is a gift card to somewhere they like…but gift cards are such a crap out gift, unless someone specifically asks for one. I mean gift cards just scream “I put the least amount of effort into this possible”. So if anyone has the perfect gift for my Granny and Papa…I’m totally open to suggestions. Because if I don’t figure out something soon they are getting a gift card…and a whole bunch of cookies.
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
Beat butter and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and molasses. Mix well.
Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger in another large bowl until well blended. Stir in crystallized ginger.
Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture a cup at a time, mixing well, until it is all incorporated. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
Place the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in the sugar. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies, in batches, until they crackle on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
79 calories per cookie
Source: Eating Well