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Mega-Ginger Cookies

Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

 

Total time 20 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield

Makes 48 servings

Sunset reader Jozie Rabyor loves ginger, especially in these soft, chewy cookies. She grinds the candied ginger and mixes the dough in her food processor so her cookie jar gets filled quickly.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • About 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. In a food processor (or blender), whirl chopped ginger and 1/3 cup sugar until ginger is finely ground. Pour from container.

  2. In the same container, whirl butter and 1/3 cup sugar until fluffy.

  3. Add ginger mixture, molasses, and egg; whirl to mix.

  4. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whirl into butter mixture.

  5. Cover dough and chill until firm to the touch, about 1 hour.

  6.   Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls and coat in remaining sugar (use a little more sugar if needed). Place balls 2 to 3 in. apart on nonstick or oiled baking sheets.

  7. Bake until slightly darker brown, 11 to 12 minutes, switching positions of baking sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to racks to cool.

  8. Make ahead: Up to 1 week, stored airtight at room temperature;  frozen, up to 4 months.

Also appeared in: Sunset, March, 1998;