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.


10 comments:

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!