You've got to try these. These are a favorite at our house- they're incredible, especially for a recipe that lacks chocolate. Despite my challenges in the kitchen this morning my big soft ginger cookies turned out great, as always. Last night my oldest daughter and I couldn't find one of the blades for our hand mixer (my 3-year old likes to hide things). This morning I still couldn't find it so I used one blade. Fine. Then I couldn't get the jar of molasses open. Thinking my husband was trying to get me back for the big molasses spill in the cupboard that he discovered (it was EVERYWHERE) I figured he super glued the lid to the bottle. I finally got it open so I'm pretty sure it was just the sticky molasses. Then I confused the 1/4 teaspoon with the 1/2 teaspoon and got the spices out of whack. I think it's safe to say this is a very forgiving recipe which I find a necessary quality in a cookie recipe.
My 3-year old woke up this morning with lost mixer blade in hand and said, "It was in my covers."
big soft ginger cookies (allrecipes.com)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine, softened (I always use butter)
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes 2 dozen.
What I have to say- this was the first time I flattened the cookies slightly before baking and I probably won't next time. They taste the same but they look better if you bake them as balls and have them flatten on their own.