Sunday, May 01, 2005

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons specturm organic natural shortening
1 scant tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon natural cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
6 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate - chopped into chunks
1/4 cup coarse crystal sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, shortening and ginger until light - about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and beat on medium until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and beat until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.

In a small bowl, combine baking soda and hot water - stir until dissolved.

Add half of the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in the baking soda mixture, then the remaining half of the flour mixture. By hand, stir in the chocolate chunks. Scoop dough onto plastic wrap, flatten to a disk and cover with more wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325

Remove dough and evenly portion out into 26 pieces - roll the dough into about 1 1/2" balls. Place back in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

Roll the tops of each ball into the coarse sugar. Bake until the tops begin to crack, about 10-12 minutes. Remove and let sit on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Move cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

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  1. Oh so funny! I made these yesterday! I made half the recipe but kept the spices at full strength: lovely! Wish I'd thought to use your coarse sugar though ... thanks for the reminder. (This was a great issue, I've got the whole grain bread in the bread machine right now, the pumpkin pancakes waiting for the griddle ...)

  2. AK - hmm... Doubled the spices (well for a half recipe) - That sounds like a great plan!