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Double Ginger Molasses Cookies

I had a special guest at Casa Weekly Bite yesterday.

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Grace, from Grace Protzman Photography was here. My kitchen and living room were transformed into a mini studio. She shot me in action. Baking and blogging from start to finish.

I knew I had to bring my A game when she pulled out her fancy shmancey Canon 5D, which made my DLSR look like a generic disposable camera. And don’t even get me started on her lenses! Holy cow!

Grace drove up from Virginia Beach for a photography conference. When she asked me if she could stop by and spend the day shooting me in action I jumped at the chance!

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I put on my cutest apron, made sure my clothes weren’t stained from M’s little hands, and we were off!

My mission was to bake the best dang ginger cookie ever! Judging by the results… I think I accomplished this. Or at least everyone lied to me and told me they were the best.

The secret to these cookies was using two type of molasses and the addition of candied ginger. That way you get a burst of ginger in every bite.
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Love the Blackstrap Molasses!
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First you want to combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
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Then you want to cream the butter… This takes a couple minutes.
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Add the brown sugar to the butter and beat for a few more minutes. Add the egg and beat for another minute.
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Next you want to add your molasses. I love the deep color and smell of molasses!
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Looks like chocolate…
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Once you’ve combined the dry ingredients with the sugar mixture, you want to add the candied ginger.

This is when all the magic happens…
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I used my mini ice cream scooper to portion out the cookie dough.
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Before you put `em in the oven, you want to sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top. Looks like a little dusting of snow…
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Bake for 10 minutes. No more, no less.
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Can you see it? Look close and you can see the candied ginger… So good…
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I had so much fun with Grace! I’m always the one behind the camera so I’ve never had pics of me in action before. I promise to share all the pics with you when they’re ready! I’m so excited to see them.

In the meantime, you should make yourself some of these soft chewy cookies 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger (chopped)
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a med. size bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with mixer until fluffy. Add brown sugar. Beat for about 2 minutes until fluffy. Add egg and both types of molasses. Beat well. Stir in dry mixture and mix until combine. Add in candied ginger. Fold in until combined.

Drop my heaping tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle a little sugar on top and bake for 10 minutes (no more no less).

Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

Proceed to enjoy the best dang ginger cookie you’ve ever had!

21 Responses

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on October 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

    How fun! Can’t wait to see the pictures– although these are already beautiful!

  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on October 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

    These are pretty similar to the Ginger Chocolate cookies I made last week. Except I used fresh ginger instead of candied. The extra ginger really does punch it up, eh?

  3. Coffee and a Book Chick said on October 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Ginger and molasses – YUM!! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!

  4. Amanda said on October 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    what a totally fun day and a delicious looking cookie to boot!

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on October 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The cookies look delicious! My cousin came and took pictures of food with me a couple of weeks ago and they are just incredible! It makes me want a different glass for my camera so badly!

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on October 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    sign me up for these! i love when the ginger’s so strong that it’s almost spicy 🙂

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet said on October 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I just got candied ginger from Trader Joe’s and I’m definitely going to make these with it!

  8. Maris (In Good Taste) said on October 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

    These look so good – perfect for the chilly weather!

  9. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said on October 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    These sound so good – I don’t know the last time I’ve had a spice cookie like this, I want one!

  10. Mo@MommyRD said on October 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Oooh la la, you are going big time. 😉 Your photography is looking beautiful – as do the cookies.

  11. Heather @ Side of Sneakers said on October 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Yummy!!! I’ve always wanted to make something with candied ginger but haven’t yet…. 🙂

  12. Jaime said on October 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t think the pictures can get any better then that! Congrats on becoming a celebrity chef! 😉

  13. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on October 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to see the pictures! How cool!
    Those cookies sound amazing! I never realized molasses was SO dark!

  14. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on October 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love ginger cookies. These look great. It sounds like such a fun day. I can’t wait to see all the photos!

  15. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on October 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I totally made ginger cookies with candied ginger chunks!!! They were SO good.

  16. lynn @ the actors diet said on October 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    these look like the cookies i MEANT to make yesterday!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on October 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    omg these look insanely good. i am HUGE sucker for: gingerbread, soft cookies, and molasses.

    you hit all 3!

    nice photography score too 🙂

  18. Kasey said on October 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Oh wow! Those cookies look amazing. I’m a big fan of ginger!

  19. Jenny said on October 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I love your pictures! I am wanting a nice camera so bad. Yummy looking cookies too : )

  20. Val said on October 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love anything with ginger in it. Your photos are amazing.

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