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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

three-ginger gingersnaps

baked with love2012
If you haven't spent the holidays with Full Circle Foodie before, I'd like to extend a warm welcome. This is my fifth year executing my "Baked with Love" project where I bake a variety of cookies and candies and then package them up all pretty to give, with love, to coworkers, friends and family. 

Each year, I incorporate tried and true traditions as well as new recipes that I am equally excited about. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy your stay as my 2012 Box of Love unfolds before your eyes! 

Three Ginger Ginger Snaps 

A crowd favorite every year are Three-Ginger Gingersnaps. Recipients always try and guess what makes these cookies pop. The secret? Fresh, ground and candied ginger.

The crispy sugared outside and chewy ginger inside make these a unique addition to any gift box or cookie tray.

Three Ginger Gingersnaps 
Three-Ginger Ginger Snaps
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup unsulfured mild or full-flavored molasses
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely minced or grated fresh ginger root
1 large egg
¾ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
Large crystal white sanding sugar for rolling

Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt and whisk to combine. Set aside. 
  3. Combine the warm butter, molasses, both sugars, fresh ginger, and the egg in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the flour mixture and chopped candied ginger and stir until incorporated.
  4. Chill dough for at least an hour. 
  5. Scoop dough into small balls, roll in sanding sugar, and place 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be puffed up and will crack and deflate when removed from oven. This yields optimum chewiness. 

Three Ginger Ginger Snaps

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