Kelly's favorite (and mine) are the Giant Gingerbread Cookies I made in May, but these are a very close second in flavor and comfort for those snowy, cold days hitting much of the United States. Even I came home to snow Monday evening, but nothing like New England faced with two feet or more, and ours has melted with temperatures in the 50s. However, this is a great recipe to add to your cookie file and would be even better made with your kids.
Ginger Spice Cookies
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup crystallized ginger
2 1/4 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cardamon (I added this, it wasn't in the original)
1/2 cup Sparkling Sugar Crystals
Preheat oven to 375F-degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat.
In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses, blending well. Add the dry ingredients; scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix in the crystallized ginger. Chill dough for 10 -15 minutes or even overnight.
Scoop the dough into 1-inch balls with tablespoon scoop and roll in Sparkling Sugar Crystals.
Place the balls 2 to 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden and set. Mine baked for exactly 11 minutes, so I suggest you set your oven timer for 10 minutes to check for doneness, adding more time if needed.
Let cool about 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. The recipe yields about 3 dozen cookies.
One of the games I played with Ari was "Dinosaur" because he received a very precious gift from Heidi Witte (firstname.lastname@example.org) of a dinosaur tail.
It was cold and snowy outside, but feeding my little dinosaur became such a wonderful game and I know he would have loved these cookies. Make Believe and Baking just seem to go together when you're snowed in with your kids! Enjoy!