Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Cookie Monster

Chewy, Chocolate, Ginger- you had me at chewy and chocolate.  These cookies are the cover cookie and were highly recommended to me by the Barnes and Nobles cashier when I bought the Martha Stewart cookie book.  Rainy weekend in Boston- always a good time to bake and a good time to try them.  They are wonderfully chewy, not too chocolaty with the spice of ginger.  I added some minced crystallized ginger just to give them a little extra spice, but they are delicious (and easy to make) with or without that extra.

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
adapted from Cookies by Martha Stewart 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsulphured molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons boiling water
7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips or 7 ounces semisweet chocolate cut up into small pieces
1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger (optional)
¼ cup white sugar

Sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa in bowl.  Using mixer, cream together butter and fresh ginger until light.  Add brown sugar and beat well. Add molasses and beat until thoroughly incorporated.  Dissolve baking soda in boiling water.  Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture. Beat until incorporated. Add baking soda and then remaining flour, beating until all mixed in. Stir in chocolate chips and minced crystallized ginger. Wrap in plastic, patting down to flatten to one inch.  Chill two hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment or silicone baking sheets. Roll dough into 1 ½ inch balls and place 2 inches apart on cookies sheets. Chill 20 minutes.  Roll balls in white sugar and place back on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, rotating cookie sheet half-way through.  Cool on sheets for 5 minutes and then move to rack to cool completely.  ((post by susan))

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