My FAVORITE Ginger Cookie Recipe
Its Holiday Time.
It’s Holiday Time and I’ve just come up for air after an intense week of studying for the Series 6 exam. (Don’t be deceived. There were MANY intense weeks leading up to now. This one was just the worst. I had no thoughts other than stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and retirement plans. Oh and being cranky with my husband for reasons I no longer remember now that the stress is gone.)
Good news, I passed! And you know what that means…
Its about time I shared this recipe with you! Its probably my absolute favorite Christmas-time addiction! My best friend has requested I post it… my cousin has asked for the recipe… and my anti-cooking sister has requested that I bring these home for Christmas. Clearly, you need to know how to make these cookies.
The best thing about them is their warmth. They’re warm even when they’ve cooled! Its the magic of ginger, people!
Start by gathering…
-3/4 C. canola oil
-1/4 C. molasses or honey (or a mix of both!)
-2 C. flour (1 soft white wheat, and 1 unbleached all purpose white) (OR whatever kind you have!)
-2 t. baking soda
-1/2 T. ground ginger
-1 t. cinnamon
-1/2 t. salt
-2-3 ounces white chocolate + 1/2 t. shortening
This recipe came to me from one of my biggest cooking influences… someone very near and dear to me… Angie Barnes!
Some of you know that my mom passed away when I was 11, so she didn’t have much time to pass her cooking know-how on to me. She did, however, let me help her in the kitchen as much as possible from a very young age. She’d let me play and make whatever I wanted, even if I didn’t know how and ended up wasting all her vanilla hoping it would make my bread taste as good as the vanilla smelled. She never interfered… she just let me create! To this day, I am sure that’s the reason cooking is so fun and creative for me. It’s joy. Its inventive. There are no mistakes. If it tastes bad, at least ya had fun doing it!
After that, most of my cooking-knowledge was either self-taught… or passed on to me in the inviting second home that is Angie’s kitchen. Since her “recipes” are often very inexact (a handfull of this… and anything else you need to get rid of in the fridge), it was always better for her to show me rather than write it down.
Creative cooking! Can’t beat it, I say! Its the way I learned and its the way I love!