Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stealing. . . uh, Sharing Recipes

Thanksgiving is coming so I thought this was a great time to share one of my favorite holiday recipes--Gingersnap Cookies. I've been making them for my family and friends for years and years . . .

I told you that recipe was Aunt Helen's, NOT yours! She was making those cookies when I was a little girl.

Oh, hi, Kelly. . .I was just writing my post for Cozy Chicks and telling everyone that I was sharing a favorite cookie recipe.

Make sure you tell them you stole the recipe from my Aunt Helen.

Well, actually. . .I had the recipe before Aunt Helen. So I kind of gave it to her. Or, you. . .uhhhhhhh. . .

Excuse me?

It's kinda hard to explain. Forget I said anything. It's Aunt Helen's recipe. Absolutely.

That's better. And now that you have your own copy, I don't want you messing around my desk anymore. Got that?

Got it. No more messing around desk. (Whispering now) Brother. . .characters can get surly sometimes---

What was that?

Nothing. Nothing at all. Just muttering to myself. We novelists are weird, really weird. As this conversation illustrates.

You're definitely weird, all right. And too nosy to suit me. I've gotta get back to my accounts.

Bye bye. Okay, everyone. . (still whispering) here's the recipe below. Enjoy!

Aunt Helen’s Gingersnaps

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
¼ cup unsulphured molasses
2 Tablespoons freshly grated lemon peel
¼ to ½ cup granulated white sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Cream butter and brown sugar together in a medium bowl, mixing well for at least two minutes until well-blended, pale and fluffy, scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in egg, then molasses and lemon peel until blended. Slowly add half the flour mixture, mixing with wooden spoon just until blended, then add remaining flour, mixing in well.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes. Then take out and roll rounded tablespoons of dough into 1 ¼ inch balls (approx.). Roll balls in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets(s). Bake just until puffed and cookies look dry---anywhere from 9 minutes to 14 minutes, depending on your oven. (Do not overbake or cookies will become hard). Carefully remove with metal spatula to wire rack to cool. Makes approximately 32 cookies.

(These cookies are meant to be soft and chewy, not crispy. If you want them crispy, simply increase baking time, but watch carefully!)


Anonymous said...

Just funny!!

jbstanley said...

Those cookies sound delicious! I am adding them to the weekend's baking!

Miki Willa said...

Snikerdoodles used to be my favorite cookie, but I hadn't had one for a long time - until yesterday. My husband brought me on as a surprise from a local coffee shop. I was really looking forward to the moist, chewy, spicy first bite. I put the cookie in my mouth and bit down, only to nearly chip my front teeth. Needless to say, I will have to wait to bake Aunt Helen's cookies to enjoy another snikerdoodle.

Rita B said...

You two are going to have to learn to play nice :P The recipe is now on the "to bake soon" list. They sound great. I do know they are good...everyone (in the books) sez so :)

Laineshots said...

Okay... Avery's Pecan Lace, Hermits because my friend June asked for the recipe and now I can't stop thinking about them, and now "Aunt Helen's" Gingersnaps. All perfect autumn/holiday cookies, and I'll bake them all this week - you just wait and see.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Rosie Jo.

JB---You won't regret it. They are deliciious, whether you like them softer or hard enough to dunk in your tea/coffee. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Miki---Sounds like you really need a yummy gingersnap treat this weekend. Enjoy yourself & revel in the brown sugar and cinnamon---and lemon.

Rita--You've got that right. Everyone loves Aunt Helen's gingersnaps. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Laineshots---You guys are starting to make me hungry for those cookies. But I've got a bookstore signing this Saturday in Old Town Fort Collins. Maybe Sunday. Hmmmmmmm.

Dru said...

I need to find someone to bake these cookies for me.

Maggie, I love the conversation between you and Kelly.

Vickie said...

I know what Lady K and I will be baking on Thursday for Veterans Day. Thank you for sharing.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a bit unsettling when your characters start arguing with you. Weird.

Hey, Vickie---Enjoy those cookies and watch the timer. They bake quickly. Get 'em out and off the pan and onto the wire rack--quickly!