Ginger "Ball" Cookie Recipe??
Yesterday a girlfriend and I had a Christmas cookie baking marathon - literally. :) The snow in the PNW has completely gotten to me and I need to bake more. hehe... We made Chocolate Snowdrop cookies (used the recipe here: http://homemades.blogspot.com/2007/12...) yesterday and it got me searching for a very specific recipe.
Can anyone come up with a ginger cookie recipe that stays in a ball shape? I find ginger ball recipes all over the place - but you start out with a ball shape and they spread into a cookie shape. I'd like the predominant flavor to be ginger - molasses, etc is also ok to have in the cookie.
Can anyone point me in the right direction? In the meantime, I think I am going to go brainstorm.
I have used this recipe in the past and the cookies don't seem to flatten much. They are usually a nice roundish/ball/dome shape. You might want to experiment with the ginger measurement if you want the cookie to be more gingery. I find it fine, as is.
Gingery Molasses Cookies (makes about 60)
2/3 cup fancy molasses
1/3 cup butter
3 1/3 cups self-raising flour (at Christmas I get lazy)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup granulated sugar
In a large saucepan, heat molasses with butter over low heat until butter is melted. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in eggs, mixing well. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. Add by spoonfuls to molasses mixture, stirring well after each addition to make stiff dough. Shape by tablespoonfuls into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place, about 1-inch apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375 degrees F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until firm to the touch, rotating and switching pans halfway through. Let cool slightly on pan on rack. Transfer to racks; let cool completely.
Have you thought about doing a no-bake cookie, maybe something along the lines of the Oreo truffles? Those truffles are coated in chocolate, and you may not want that flavor combination. Also, there are cake lollipops. That might work with gingerbread as the cake part. These are coated in chocolate as well. And at least the Oreo version needs to be refrigerated as it uses cream cheese.
I thought there was a ginger confection, sort of like a bourbon ball, but I didn't have any luck Googling for it. Good luck!