Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Baking Bible: Gingersnaps

This week's baking assignment couldn't be more quick and easy. The dough gets mixed up in minutes flat, and the cookies themselves take maybe half an hour to bake all three batches. The gingersnaps are crackly and chewy with a just enough heat from the ginger. My kind of baking--spectacular results for little effort.


January 24, 2015
Name of Cookie: Make-Again Gingersnaps
Occasion: Getting back into the swing of baking
Constituents: gingersnaps made with golden sugar and lyle's golden syrup

It is the presence of the golden sugar and the golden syrup that really make these gingersnaps stand apart. They give the cookies a bit of a caramel edge that highlights the butter. Then the ginger steps in warms up your mouth.

Ginger is great for digestion as well as an immune booster so hey--maybe these cookies are kinda healthy!


I stretched out the making of these cookies in order to fit my schedule (Eliot's schedule, really). Everything got measured and set aside during his afternoon nap and I mixed the batter in the evening after the young sir went to bed. The dough needs to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but it can sit for up to 24 hours. I took advantage of that and left the dough until the bugbear's morning nap the next day. Everything was finished and cleaned up before he woke, and there was only his mom and dad noshing on warm cookies to hint that anything interesting happened while he slept.

Mark loved the gingersnaps, and immediately poured himself a glass of milk as he said these were the perfect cookie for milk. He also invited me to make these anytime I wanted. Or, anytime he wanted. I told him that after this bake through is over we can put the gingersnaps into heavy rotation.


20 comments:

  1. Your cookies look so pretty with the beautiful cracks. Glad you are well now and can start baking again! :)

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  2. So you are on the mend and fully recuperated?! Cookies look fab and I am so jealous you had real golden caster sugar. I had to laugh at " to hint that anything interesting happened while he slept." Do you remember the show Growing Pains? There was a hilarious episode showing what the youngest daughter thought happened after she went to bed each night and the rest of the family got to stay up and party, complete with a pony in the living room!

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    1. not fully recuperated but better enough to want to start baking again! i'm really reluctant to get antibiotics for my chest congestion which is probably why it's taking so long to get better. i do remember Growing Pains but I don't remember that episode! funny!

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    2. Glad you're feeling better. I too was reluctant to take antibiotics....I ended up with pneumonia and not only 2 weeks of antibiotics, but steroids too...Your cookies look great!

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  3. Yep cookies and milk.. As per my husband. He also wants these in heavy rotation.

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  4. Spectacular results for little effort - that's for sure. Great photos and cracks.

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  5. Ah, baking to the drumbeat if a small person! Fortunately rose seems to cater well for us.

    Your husband cracks me up. I think he would do anything for a baked product! Great description of the taste - that is exactly it.

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    1. i think he would, too! he keeps sadly remarking that he never got his black and blueberry pie.

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    2. Show him the recipe - it was quick and easy...

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  6. Hi Jen, The cracks in your cookie are beautiful. Welcome back!

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  7. I love how you changed the recipe name to "make ahead gingersnaps". Great post - hope you stop by to see mine.

    Patricia @ ButterYum
    http://www.butteryum.org/roses-alpha-bakers/2015/1/25/tbb-gingersnaps

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  8. Glad to hear that you're feeling better! Your cookies look great!

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  9. Glad to hear that you're feeling better! Your cookies look great!

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  10. Hi Jen, glad to know you're feeling well. Love the cookies! You're going to make Mark wait until the whole bake-through is over until you put them into rotation?! Such torture!! Your cookies (and all of your photos) look terrific! Come and see me at www.artfuloven.com.

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  11. Welcome back!! The cookies look great. So even! I liked the make ahead aspect of this recipe as well. Still definitely make it again and play with the ginger amount or go astray and try the snickerdoodle idea :)

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  12. ב''ה

    'Any time he wants', huh? My wife jokingly likes to tell me that she 'caters' my every whim (literally.) Your cookies look great.

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  13. I hadn't thought of making marmalade until y'all asked about the Seville oranges. I can't buy them anymore unless I order five cases. That's a lot of marmalade! There is a church who said I could pick from their tree. Doing a bit of reconnaissance to see if it's too tall for me to reach. So sad these oranges fall on the street and go to waste. Still illegal to pick any, on or off the trees, on the capitol grounds. I tried to get the city to do a Seville festival to no avail. Still haven't given up on that idea though.

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  14. your cookies look so great I am trying them on catch up -

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  15. Your cookies are very lovely, crackly and golden. That's very funny about your little one missing out on the excitement while he was asleep. Is he old enough to 'help'?

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    1. No, the little dude is only 11 months. Maybe in another year or so!

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