Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Tomorrow marks the arrival of autumn and, for me, that means baking, particularly with cinnamon and ginger. Earlier this week, some friends dropped off some amazing chocolate chip/cranberry cookies which were so good they just didn’t stand a chance in front of us. And that just made want to have more cookies. So, today, as the youngling and his mum rested on the couch after a trip to the local Buy n’ Large, I set to work.

Molasses cookies, common in Atlantic Canada, have been a staple in my family for decades. This recipe, although relatively new to me, is fairly close to the kind my grandmother from Georgetown, PEI used to make.

From The Canadian Living Cookbook:

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup fancy molasses
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp each baking soda and ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice or cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar

In large bowl, beat shortening with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, molasses and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt; stir into molasses mixture in 2 additions.

Scoop dough by level tablespoonfuls and roll into balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat and place, about 2 inches apart, on parchment paper-lined or greased rimless baking sheets.

Bake in 350 F oven for about 12 minutes or until flattened, tops are cracked and bottoms are browned. Let cool on pans on rack. Makes about 46 cookies.

(Make Ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

(cross-posted to Flickr)

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One thought on “Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies

  1. My horrible ex-mother-in-law bought me the Canadian Living Cookbook in 1987 (not sure if this is a re-issue or not). She did it so I could take the hint and learn how to cook. That book is a STAPLE in my life and if the one you have has the shortbread cookies recipe…you are a lucky man.

    There’s claw marks on the computer screen now as I try to GET TO YOUR COOKIES!

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