Friday, December 20, 2013

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger has been growing on me more and more throughout the years. Recently, my mom and I went to New Orleans and wanted to get some ginger capsules for motion sickness for the flight. In Oregon, you can find ginger capsules at any grocery store. In Phoenix, this was a challenge. We went all over the place and couldn't find ANY! So instead we got some ginger chews. Not as concentrated as we needed, but they did the trick, and they sure were yummy! A little spicy and a little sweet. That's how these ginger molasses cookies are, not too sweet with a good ginger kick!

Here's a few pictures of us on our amazing trip! Here we are on our first wild and crazy night, starting off with a few shots. Yeah, my mom is cooler than your mom. Don't mind the wonderful front camera, grainy phone photo.

After that next day of recovery from having too much fun, we went on a plantation tour. We chose Oak Alley Plantation. It was so beautiful. The oak trees in this photo are over 300 years old. I sure would love to wake up to this view every morning.

Of course we couldn't go to Louisiana and not go on a swamp tour. We saw a lot of alligators, herons, and turtles. We also got a surprise at the end and got to hold a baby alligator. I didn't want to give her back! Too cute!

Now back to baking! I got this recipe from a vegan blog called Lunch Box Bunch. Gather up your counter full of ingredients! Flour, sugar, ginger powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, candied ginger, butter (or buttery spread), molasses, vanilla and some water. I realized when buying the molasses that I have NEVER baked something with molasses. So I'm sure you'll be seeing me using it in the future now that I have this big jar of it.

Start off by whisking together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Chop up the candied ginger into small pieces. I got this candied ginger in bulk at WinCo.

Mix together all the wet ingredients and chopped candied ginger in a medium bowl. Then add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. This will be a very tough mixture. You can add an additional tablespoon or two of water if needed. I found it was easier to mix this dough with my hands.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place them on a cookie sheet. No need to worry about how close they are, these cookies don't spread very much. Into the oven they go for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you take these cookies out of the oven they will still be in a slight ball shape. I simply flattened them out with my spatula. You will be left with these delicious, chewy, spicy and slightly sweet ginger molasses cookies! Enjoy!

Ginger Molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, ginger powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt). In a separate bowl mix candied ginger, butter, molasses, vanilla and water together. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined. You may need to add a Tablespoon or 2 more of water. Dough will be difficult to mix, may be easier to use hands.

Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Gently press down with a spatula after done baking to get a flatter cookie.

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