These cookies were one of Kelly's favorites. She made a version to send to friends from "The Big Fat Cookie Book" by Elinor Klivans that I gave her one Christmas. I was reminded by her friend Steven that he looked forward to these cookies as a special treat from Kelly. I created this version as a memory to our sweet daughter, who always put others first. They're GIANT because Kelly would say, "if I can only have one cookie...I want it to be Big!"
Kelly's Giant Gingerbread Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
2 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cardamon
1/2 tsp. Ginger Extract
3 cups All-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Ginger Mini Chips
Sparkling White Sugar
In the KitchenAid bowl, using the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat well. Add the molasses, spices, and extract and beat well again. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together, then, add to butter mixture. Fold in the crystallized ginger chips.
Use a one-third scoop to measure the dough. Roll tops in the Sparkling Sugar Crystals.
Place on a parchment-lined (or use a Silpat) baking sheet. Allowing room for cookies to spread. I was able to get five on the baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated 350F-degree oven. Set timer for 7 minutes, then turn the pan and bake another 6 minutes. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a rack to cool completely.
I ate mine with a Diet Coke, but Kelly would have preferred a cup of herbal tea. Enjoy!
While you're eating your cookie, I'd like to share with you a short story Kelly wrote me for Mother's Day in 2001. It was definitely one of my favorites of her view of the women in our family. Kelly was a wonderful writer and was recently published in the Spring 2010 Brain Child magazine. Other narratives can be found on the blog she did with her best friend, Kandyce, Notions & Threads.