easy cookies

Erin Gleeson

Let’s Party: Ginger Cookies

I am so excited about BHG’s new Baking Cookbook. It’s gorgeous and has so many great ideas- from absolute basics to new, creative ideas. I am a sucker for ginger snap cookies, so I gave this Giant Ginger Cookie recipe a whirl. Let me tell you- they were chewy and DELISH! Plus they were really easy to make. You can also make them a little smaller (like I did) and cook them 10-12 minutes instead. I enjoyed mine outside on the deck at sunset for an end of the day treat with a cocktail. Happy Baking!

 

Giant Ginger Cookies:

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup coarse sugar or granulated sugar
Directions
1.In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.

2.In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to soften. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour mixture.

3.Shape dough into 2-inch balls using 1/4 cup dough. Roll balls in the 3/4 cup coarse or granulated sugar. Place about 2-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4.Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes twenty-five (25) 4-inch

Photos & Illustration by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast 


Delish Dish Editor

Cookie Exchange: Melty Snowmen Cookies

Raise your hand if you like to be the star of your cookie-exchange party! Katie here, piping in on a topic near-and-dear to my heart: Christmas parties. This time every year I go to an all-girls super-bakers show-off-your-stuff evening (Translation: A cookie-exchange party). We always ooh and aah over the variety: Creamy ganache-dipped cookies, lip-smacking salty nut bars, minty peppermint-topped goodies…and we always secretly want the pat on the back fora job well done.

This year, I came prepared. I’ve been eyeing this Chocolaty Melting Snowman recipe since I first grabbed it from our Christmas Cookies 2012 magazine; and it’s proven to be one of the top recipes of all time on our site.

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

It’s also ridiculously easy! You can follow the recipe or start with your favorite cookie, as I did (I’m a sucker for peanut butter cookies and wanted to make a favorite). I went with this Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. Bake and let cool completely:

For the snow, I microwaved almond bark with a little vegetable oil per the package directions. Drizzling is so much fun! I tucked a towel under my cooling rack and spooned on the good stuff:

Almond Bark Melting

While still melty, I added the top hat:

Adding Top Hat

And an orange-sprinkle nose:

Add Nose

Then I let the “snow” set before adding black dots with a small tube of frosting:

Snowman Face

And voila! You’ve mastered the cookie-exchange with your oh-so-cute Frosty. This recipe is a keeper—I’d love to make it with my kids someday!

Melty Snowmen Cookies

Another View of Melty Snowman Cookies