We do way more baking around Christmas time and I'm always on the lookout for new cookie recipes. Ideally, the recipe should be pretty easy to make, work every time (reproducible) and have a unique yummy taste. A friend gave me this recipe for English Ginger Snaps, it came from Maida Heatters Book of Great Cookies. They are super fantastic. It's the only cookie recipe I've ever seen that calls for black pepper, and the pepper really gives it a kick. The cookies are rolled into balls which form perfect rounded mounds as they cook. Very pretty, great spicey fragrance as they cook, and delicioso!
Please pass on your fave cookie recipes in the comments, or mail me a recipe or a link. I need more, more, more!! Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas!
2 tsp baking soda 1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt 1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp black pepper
Cream the butter and sugar together (learn more about that here), then add egg and molasses. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and spices, and then add to the creamed butter/sugar mixture. Chill the dough in the refrigerator about a half hour. Roll a rounded teaspoonful of dough into balls approximately one inch across. Optional: roll the balls in granulated sugar. Bake at 370 deg F for 10-12 minutes. Don't overbake! I use parchment paper on a heavy cookie sheet. This photo from BB's Blog is exactly what they look like.
What's your favorite Christmas cookie?