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30 November 2005 @ 09:48 am
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This might make a nice present for some people, and should be very shippable in a box or tin.

Gingersnaps! Recipe #81406

NOTE: it is important to use pastry flour for these cookies, otherwise the dough will be strange and unworkable. I tried a batch using supposedly "all-purpose" whole wheat flour (but it was really formulated for bread) and ended up throwing out the dough because it just didn't work. You can use all whole wheat flour, or all white flour, just so long as it is soft.

1 1/2 cups soft whole-wheat flour
1 cup soft unbleached flour
1 cup dark brown sugar (I use Sucanat)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light molasses, warmed
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
30 servings 30-60 cookies

1 hour 30 mins prep

1. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Warm the molasses, and mix the molasses, oil and water.
3. If the molasses is not warm enough to dissolve into the water, they can all be warmed a little together- the microwave is fine for this.
4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
5. The dough should be quite stiff, and not particularly sticky.
6. If it is too soft and sticky, add a little more flour.
7. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
8. Roll out the dough to about 1/4" thick, and cut out with cookie cutters.
9. Place cookies on cookie trays which have been lined with parchment paper, or lightly oiled.
10. Re-roll and cut the scraps, until the dough is gone.
11. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned and set- they will harden up as they cool.

-the redhead-
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felician_logicfelician_logic on November 30th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
Do these require any baking? I'm guessing not but just wanted to check.
-the redhead-theredhead on November 30th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
You have a very good point there - I had not even noticed that the actual baking instructions part was missing. Yes, they do need to be baked. Hmmm - I will try to track down the place where the person who shared this with me got it to get that crucial piece of information.

Thanks very much for the heads up *smile*

Happy Holidays

-the redhead-
felician_logicfelician_logic on November 30th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
OH good. I had assumed with the lack of eggs and baking powder and such that maybe these were bakeless. I'm glad I asked!:)

They sound like they're very tasty. I'm not usually fond of the average holiday cookie. These appear to be much more up my alley. That and I have a bottle of molasses I'm trying to use up:).

Thanks for posting it.
-the redhead-theredhead on November 30th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
They look appealing to me - I like a lot of flavorful SNAP! in my gingersnaps *smile*

-the redhead-
-the redhead-theredhead on November 30th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
all fixed now

-the redhead-