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Name:Ginger Snaps Contributor:Rolland Waters
Description:Ginger Snaps Posted:2005-11-25
Key words:ginger root, Category:Desserts
ID:690 Updated:2006-04-01 22:02:26
Ingredients:2 c unsalted butter, room temperature or better
2-1/2 c packed dark brown sugar

3 eggs
3/4 c unsulphured blackstrap molasses
2" or so of ginger root, grated

4-1/2 c flour
1/2 c ground ginger
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preparation:Cream butter & sugar, add eggs, molasses, grated ginger, and (no duh!) the juice from the ginger.

Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to butter & sugar mixture, stir by hand until mixed.

Refrigerate mixture overnight.

Preheat oven to 350. Using two spoons, place small egg-sized pieces of batter on parchment paper on baking sheets. Using moistened fingers, flatten batter until round and less than 1/4" thick.

Bake for 15 minutes, until the outside edge of the cookies are noticeably harder than the center.

Leave on the pans until cool.

Basically, what I changed are the amount of ginger, the length of refrigeration, the oven temperature, the baking time, and the determination of "done".

I mean, how the heck are you supposed to look at cookies with that much ginger and determine when they are "brown"? :-)
Notes:Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook

Their recipe was insufficiently gingerly, and it's pretty dang hard to hit the snap vs. burnt line correctly. I figured out the ginger part, but the snap vs. burnt part sort of still eludes me, although I have a much better hint than they did. Any ideas here?

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