Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Only 2 more days!

I LOVE these cookies! I found this recipe when I was pregnant with Kimball (#4) -- ginger is suppose to help with nausea, and who doesn't want a cookie when they're pregnant?! You can find the crystallized ginger at a fine foods store.

Ina Garten
Makes 16 cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 oz)
Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies


Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 sheets pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With mixture still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add crystallized ginger and mix until combined.

Scoop dough with a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 2 inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


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