These turned out so perfect I almost cried.... I've been know to have more than one baking disaster. Master mommy chef, maybe. Baking barrister...... I'm working on it.
So, first off I want to tell you about a little discovery I made, more like necessity is the mother of invention. I meant to pick up some crystallizes ginger at Sprouts to make these but totally forgot. Crystallized ginger can be hard to find and is somewhat pricey and to tell you the truth the stuff I've bought in the past wasn't all that great. Soooo, trepidiciously, my mom and I made up some of our own. Turns out it is simple to make, economical and much better than the store bought stuff. I'm starting to notice a trend here. Check out my recipe for crystallized ginger after the cookie recipe!
Makes 20-22 cookies
You Will Need:
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
2 egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands.
4. Scoop the dough with two spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1¾-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the baking sheets.
5. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
1 cup peeled, thinly sliced ginger root
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
In saucepan, bring water to boil. Add ginger and sugar and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
* Reserve ginger water for ginger ale or tea flavoring if desired. Ginger is an excellent, natural remedy for upset tummy's!!!
Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 months.