Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gingernut Cookies

Today is a day of remembering--for our Nation, the senseless act of terrorism that changed us all forever.  I was living in Connecticut, but my husband had left for Seattle just three days before to start a new job; it was just me and Bailey, my cat.  Our oldest daughter, Erin was in Pasadena and Kelly was in Colorado.  I usually went to my friend, Gwen's house and with three other friends, Muriel, Grace, and Sue, we'd stamp, create cards, have lunch and laugh until it hurt!

However, I had signed up for a 6 hour workshop that started at 2:00 p.m. and didn't want to leave Bailey alone all day long, so I was at home instead of being with my friends.  I don't normally have the television on, but on that morning, the quietness of the house lead me to turn on GMA (Good Morning America).  While sitting on the sofa, Bailey sleeping on the back cushion directly behind me, I watched, as millions were doing, the tragedy unfold.  The first thing I did was called my husband, who was just coming in from the gym before going into work (it was only 6:00 a.m. pst). I told him to turn on the television and then I wanted to call my girls.  I was able to get a hold of Erin because like my hubby, she was three hours behind me, and tell her what was happening.  Even though she had relocated to Pasadena to be closer to her fiance, her main office was in Manhattan, and she needed to know what was happening there.  Kelly was in class and I had to wait to talk to her, but I kept trying because I needed to hear all of their voices.

I wasn't going to bake today, but then I knew that baking was a calming part of the day eleven years ago; it kept me focused on the events that were unfolding and from trying not to miss being with my family.  Ginger cookies are a favorite in our family and usually I add molasses, cinnamon, and cloves, but this one is just ginger.  Ginger is a rhizome and besides its many culinary uses, it also has just as many medicinal ones...including a digestive aid.  These cookies have few ingredients, but with a cup of tea, a welcomed tranquility on this day of a quiet remembrance of the lost lives and heroes of The Towers, the Pentagon, and Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93.

Gingernut Cookies
1 1/4 cups + 1T (2 1/2 sticks + 1T) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 T vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 T + 2 tsp. ground Ginger
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/3 cup mini ginger chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a baking with parchment paper and set aside.

In a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together thoroughly until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
 Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and ginger together and add to the batter, beating on low just until combined.  Stir in the mini ginger chips, if using.
Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to measure the batter, roll tops in Turbinado sugar, then, place on the parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.  Let cool 5 minutes or more before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
A package of these cookies will be in a box headed to my grandson...because like his mama, he likes ginger cookies too.  Never Forget!


  1. Susan, I remember that day because as you mentioned we stamped together and I was on my way to Gwen's house to do just that when I heard it on the car radio. Needless to say it took us quite some time to compose ourselves before we did anything that day.
    These ginger cookies sound very good and simple to make. Maybe I could do it! I'm going to print out the recipe and try. thanks
    stamping sue

  2. My husband and I love ginger cookies! YUM! I also love your pumpkin whoopie pies (or are they your sister's?)! :)

    1. The pumpkin whoopie pies are the ingenious idea of my sister to try the batter for the doughnuts in her whoopie pan--and it worked. They look so yummy and I told her she should let KAF know about it. Ginger is at the top of my husband's list, although for me, it's probably below chocolate & lemon (I am my mother's daughter!)

  3. I don't think any of us with forget that horrible day on that September morning......It's still hard to wrap my brain around those senseless events.
    Your recipe for ginger cookies look just right for a fall afternoon tea. xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

  4. Hi Susan....No one will ever forget that fateful day in New York.

    Your cookies sound delish. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Love your visits. Susan

  5. The whole world won't forget that day.
    These fall cookies look awesome. I would for sure add ginger chips to these cookies.

  6. Gingernuts were my Dad's favourite biscuits - yours look wonderful. I don't think anyone will forget that terrible September day.

  7. Ah, these cookies with the sugar on the outside...Yummmmmm. I remember that very scarey day as well calling my whole family to check in. I work in a high rise in Sacramento and we were sent home around 9am to be with our families. Sobering day. I remember being afraid hearing a plane in the sky that morning. And, I visited ground zero in 2004...So very sad. Thanks for baking and sharing. Lv, me

  8. Whoa...I missed the flowers! :)

    1. Aren't they beautiful...a dear friend sent them for my anniversary...thank you dear friend, XOXO

  9. Back at ya, dear friend! Have a wonderful weekend and safe travels next week. Lv, me