Monday, November 29, 2010

Mondays with Mom.....Ginger Cookies

It's Monday...time to share one of my moms recipes....

One of my favorite cookies that my mom made when I was growing up were Ginger Cookies. I can't tell you how many times I grabbed a handful from the cookie jar after school and sat down at the kitchen table {covered with a red checked tablecloth} to tell her all about my day! I loved to dunk them in a glass of cold milk, while mom dunked hers in coffee. It was always warm and cozy in the kitchen, a perfect place for a nice chat!

I haven't made these in awhile, since they are so hard for me to eat just a few. But last weekend when I was Christmas shopping there was a craft fair in the mall. It was put on  by local church groups and there were a ton of tables set up. At most of the tables, they were selling their church cookbooks, and some were also selling baked goods. I saw some plates of snow capped ginger cookies and immediately thought of making some using moms recipe.

While I love them just plain, the way mom used to make them, I couldn't resist dipping them into some white chocolate!

They were awesome! Soft and chewy...full of spices...with a sweet chocolate coating....they were fantastic! I plan to make a batch of these for Christmas,too.

Snow Capped Ginger Cookies

1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
3/4 c. shortening
1 egg
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and molasses. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Chill 1 hour. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and dip in sugar. Place balls on greased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Melt 1 c. white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening. Dip half of the cookie into chocolate and place on waxed paper.


Katerina said...

Isn't it amazing how we connect food with so many memories? These cookies look so tasty and since it is a family recipe I will sure add it to my list. Thanks for sharing your memories Laurie.

Grapefruit said...

The white chocolate sounds awesome! I've been thinking of making gingersnaps myself - thanks for the inspiration!

Design Wine and Dine said...

These are really great! I love ginger cookies, they're just so comforting! I love it when they're soft and that chocolate is awesome! Great Christmas cookie!

Bev said...

First, just have to tell you that I adore your blog! Second, thank you for this recipe - I will be making them for my cookie exchange party next week! Yeah!

Louanne said...

Oh my, yum! I've been wanting to make ginger cookies for the past month. Because I was short of time, this morning I made a batch of gingerbread. Good, but it's not a ginger cookie. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

Avril said...

Oh my did you do an absolutely beautiful job with these cookies!!! I just love the looks of them and I seriously think I can taste one of them right now....virtual tasting is a dream of mine! ;-)

Sue said...

I love cookies that evoke such warm memories! Love the name and the snow-capped version! Delicious, I'm sure!

Lisa said...

Yum, that chocolate looks like the perfect touch to these cookies. I could eat molasses cookies all day.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

These look beyond fabulous! I have been looking for the "perfect" ginger cookie recipe..this may be it!
On another note, it's great to meet another Minnesota blogger! I grew up on the Iron Range, and now attend Bemidji State University! :-)

Manu said...

Love the idea of dipping this cookie in white chocolate!
So delicate!