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Ginger Snaps | Spice of the Month - November 2014

Ginger Snaps

About: Alton Brown is kind of our hero. What this man is able to achieve in the kitchen tends to be pretty phenomenal, and he is able to scientifically explain why his recipes are so good in a way that is quite entertaining. When we were looking for a good way to use a bunch of candied ginger that had been accidentally purchased, this recipe came to the rescue. We baked these to be more on the chewy side, and they were more than what we could have asked for in a ginger snap. The chewiness added by the candied ginger along with the spiciness of the raw and ground ginger makes for one addicting cookie. A word of caution: If you haven't noticed in previous posts, we like to experiment and tinker around with spices and recipes until we find what we like and make it our own. That is not the case with this one, and we learned the hard way. This recipe only turns out right if it is followed as Alton Brown wrote it, so break out your kitchen scale as this calls for several ingredients to be measured by weight.

Recipe Type: Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 9 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces molasses, by weight
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 ounces finely chopped candied ginger

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, clove and salt.
  3. Place the brown sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the molasses, egg and fresh ginger and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add the crystallized ginger and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.
  4. With a 2-teaspoon sized scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined half sheet pan approximately 2-inches apart. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 minutes for slightly chewy cookies or 15 minutes for more crisp cookies. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to stay on the sheet pan for 30 seconds before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with all of the dough. Store in an airtight container for up 10 days. If desired, you may scoop and freeze the cookie dough on a sheet pan and once frozen, place in a resealable bag to store. Bake directly from the freezer as above.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ginger-snaps-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

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