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Ms Jameson
« on: December 08, 2010 08:35:35 AM »

Hello, Craftsters.  

I've been a lurker for a long, long time, but I have never posted much and this is my first posted project.  It is rare that I find a topic I feel is as important as this one, so I guess it was time for me to share.  I'm talking of course about the diminishing number of spice cookies seen on Christmas cookie plates in recent years.  I feel that this disaster MUST be rectified, and NOW!

It may just be that you have forgotten how delicious the spice cookie is, or perhaps you just have horrible memories of the stale gingersnaps that your great-aunt Shirley used to give you when you were a child, but I assure you, spice cookies are a vital part of your cookie plate and trying this recipe will remind you of that fact!

CHEWY SPICE COOKIES


3/4 cup butter (the recipe says shortening, but I don't keep it.  It goes rancid in my house.)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger (if you have it, the cookies are even better with the extra ginger)
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Cream the shortening and the brown sugar. Stir in the egg and molasses and mix well.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture and mix well.

Cover and chill dough for at least 2 to 3 hours. OVERNIGHT IS EVEN BETTER.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

Roll dough into balls the size of large walnuts. Roll balls in sugar and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for one minute before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.

FYI, I am all for cutting sugar, but don't skip rolling these in white sugar before baking.  The sugar will caramelize and really give these a great crisp exterior but leave the inside dense and chewy.


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JanelleyBelly
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2010 08:57:56 AM »

Mmm...we make something similar at my house, call them spekulaas (dutch spice cookies) and instead of the 3 separate spices, we use pumpkin pie spice (which conveniently contains all of those)
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2010 09:03:40 AM »

These looks amazing! I, too, am a connoisseur of ginger and spice cookies. Well done and thanks for the delectable post!
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2010 09:11:04 AM »

never fear.  we too partake of the ginger crackle this time of year... in fact it was the first cookie both hubby and the bot put on the 'to make' list... tho im gonna try your cook time.. last year i was crunchier than i like...

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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2010 09:20:10 AM »

Ooo these look so good. I'm bookmarking the recipe!
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010 09:30:19 AM »

Oh yummy! You should enter these into the challenge- I know spiced cookies definately remind me of the holidays!
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010 09:56:58 AM »

these look delicious! i will definitely have to give these a go this festive season! yum yum yum!!! Thanks for the recipe  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2010 10:48:16 AM »

The photo is mouth-watering.  Looking forward to trying the recipe. Many thanks
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2010 10:52:02 AM »

Oooo. These do sound good. I think I'll make some of these for my family for Christmas. Does the dough freeze well? I'm trying to make better use of my freezer, and it would be nice to have these when I'm in a pinch for a dessert.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2010 12:05:59 PM »

Oh, I am so happy to see that there are so many spice cookie fans out there!  It warms my heart to know that this delicious little confection hasn't gone the way of so many other old fashioned treats.

You can absolutely freeze this dough.  I think it is better when it is frozen.  The longer the spices have time to get to know one another, the better they play together.
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2010 12:53:56 PM »

Yummm, I've been searching for a good gingerbread recipe! I might haveta try this tonight if I have molasses in my house!
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2010 02:44:06 PM »

Yummy! Oh I want to bake immediately.
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2010 03:00:30 PM »

I love spice cookies! Cheesy

And I agree with pixieval! Enter this in the Cooking Challenge! I can move your thread over for you if you are interested. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2010 03:46:57 PM »

Those look great, I'll have to try your recipe.
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010 06:43:01 PM »

I adore these cookies, and make them all the time (almost exactly the same recipe, minus the fresh ginger, I'll have to try that next time!).  Though, my family always called them gingersnaps growing up.  You can imagine my surprise the first time somebody offered me a store-bought gingersnap and I got an entirely crunchy hard cookie.  I much prefer my cookies chewy.  Anyway, hooray for sharing the spice cookie love!
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2010 09:26:15 PM »

I'm a christmas cookie baker and give cookies out every year. I go around getting requests and make their cookie for them and each year I try a new cookie recipe. The spice cookie is a favorite of mine and my mother actually requested it this year because she too missed it. I love the smell and taste of it.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2010 02:06:33 AM »

I love spice cookies! Thanks for the reminder about how fantastic they are (and so much better than store bought ginger snaps, although I am a fan of those as well).

I'll be trying these out as soon as I can, thanks for sharing the recipe!
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« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2010 02:53:23 AM »

Thank you!  These sound amazing.  I will be making the dough today Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2010 02:15:22 PM »

YUM!!  Are you reading my mind or something?  I ran out of jars while making jelly and now have 2 pints worth of molassas in my fridge.  I am definitely making these cookies.  They sound divine!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2010 01:22:13 AM »

They smell like Xmas to me. I love a gingerbread biscuit this year, now I have a little man cookie cutter too so am going all out!

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p.s. I always make ginger biscuits for newly pregnant friends as I found the ginger calmed my morning sickness - maybe this could be phase two of your action plan, roll out the spice cookies all year round?
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2010 10:28:39 AM »

Mmmm those look delicious! I just skimmed this post quickly, so I hope I'm not asking something you already said, but are these similar to gingersnaps?
I make sweets for Christmas most years, so I may just have to add these to my repertoire! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2010 01:53:44 PM »

Oh man... I love cookies. ^ ^ Those look SO good!! Smiley Bookmarking! You are my cookie HERO! <3 Thanks a lot!!
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« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2010 04:54:53 PM »

MMmmm...these are a favorite of mine! I'm going to have to make some now.
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2010 04:05:16 PM »

Mmmm, I just made the dough and I'm just waiting for it to finish chilling in the fridge! So excited, thank you so much for the recipe!
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« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2011 10:01:10 AM »

I always get disappointed when I bite into a spice cookie and they are too thin and crispy like gingersnaps, so I am ALL OVER THIS RECIPE!
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2013 07:23:07 AM »

yes as i love these as well especially over the holidays.
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