Soft Ginger Cookies
from Scratch


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HOMEMADE GINGER COOKIES FROM SCRATCH

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2-1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup water
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 TBS fresh ginger, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBS white sugar

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

Cream margarine and 1 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the molasses. Mix the water and baking soda together and stir.

Sift the flour, salt and dry spices together and gradually add to the fluffy margarine and sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir in the fresh ginger.

Shape into walnut-sized balls and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. If the dough is too soft to handle, add a bit of flour or chill for 20 minutes (or even overnight).


Place the balls two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and slightly flatten. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.



Butterscotch Ginger Cookies

These homemade ginger cookies are best made a day ahead.

BUTTERSCOTCH GINGER COOKIES

1 cup homemade unsalted butter, softened
1 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
3 cups flour


2 small boxes (3-1/2 oz each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Lightly flour counter and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets one inch apart. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until firm. Makes 2 dozen.



While I have ginger on my mind, instead of soft ginger cookies, here's a wonderful recipe for homemade gingersnap cookies. 

GINGERSNAP COOKIES

5 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger and cayenne.

In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugars until mixed together.  Add the eggs, molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined.  Slowly add the dry mix into the wet ingredients until a uniform dough forms.

Taking a small bit of dough, roll around in your hands to form into ping pong sized balls. With a plate of white sugar, press the balls lightly to coat one side.

Place sugar side up on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake until done, about 12 minutes.  Let them cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before moving them to a rack to fully cool.  Recipe adapted from www.kathewithane.com



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