It’s really starting to feel like Fall in Northern California. The temperature has remained in the seventies these past few weeks, the breeze has picked up, and the tips of the leaves are beginning to change color.
I know our society has a thing about marketing seasonal items a wee bit ahead of time, but when it comes to Fall, there are no complaints from me. Bring on the pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon everything. I wait all year for this.
And so, why not post a triple ginger cookie at the end of August? I mean, technically I think of ginger during the winter but in true American form, I’m early. 😉 These cookies are delicious. They are full of ginger: fresh, ground, and crystalized. And there’s even molasses and cinnamon, for an extra bite. And yet with all these spices and warm flavors, it’s not too much.
The edges are crisp, yet they still have a chew, so they’re not rock hard and dry like the store bought variety. I personally am a loyal soft cookie fan, and I’ve noted an optional alternative bake time if you prefer your cookies softer.
These are great on their own or you can do what my Mom does, and smear cream cheese on them. She says that the spices seem to call out for cream cheese, as carrot cake cookies would. For other ginger heavy recipes check these out: Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, and Spicy Ginger Molasses Bars.
Triple Ginger Snaps
Reminiscent of your favorite Trader Joe's cookies, these ginger snaps are loaded with ginger. Fresh, ground, and candied these cookies pack a punch and are absolutely beautiful. The best part though? They're so sparkly!
- 1 1/4 cups Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 6 tbsp. Butter, melted
- 1 tbsp. Ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. Brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Molasses
- 1 tbsp. Fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1 Egg
- 2 tbsp. Candied ginger,
- Sugar (for rolling)
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a microwave safe mixing bowl, melt butter, about 45-60 seconds. Whisk in the ground ginger and cinnamon. Then whisk in the brown sugar, molasses, and fresh ginger. Add the egg and whisk for about 1 minute, to make the mixture a little fluffy. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the candied ginger.
Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator, for 1-2 hours, until firm.
Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Form 1 tablespoon sized cookie balls with your hands and roll in granulated sugar to coat. Place the cookie dough on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from oven for soft ginger snaps. For crisp ginger snaps, rotate baking sheets after 12 minutes and continue to bake for an additional 5 minutes. They will harden as they cool. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
*Double Recipe to make 4-5 dozen.
Adapted from Love & Olive Oil.