Sunday, May 08, 2005

Swedish Gingersnaps

Swedish Gingersnap Cookie PictureSwedish Gingersnaps (Adapted from BBCL - Val)

3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 cup trans fat free shortening (I like to use Spectrum Organic)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light molasses
about 1/3 cup granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and pepper.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, sugar and molasses until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until completely combined.

Scoop out and roll portions of dough in your hands to about the size of a golf ball. Roll the balls around in the 1/3 cup granulated sugar to coat. Place the balls on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake until golden and the tops of the cookies have cracked - they are done when the cracks still look a little underdone, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove and let cool for 1 to 2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 34 cookies.

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  1. Joe, I've been baking those, on and off, since last October. They are such a winner in my house. Everyone goes nuts over these cookies. Good idea to add them to your 'Xmas baking goodies'.

  2. Helene - They are so good! They are definitely making the list this year!

  3. Can the dough be frozen? I would only make a cookie sheet at a time.

  4. Gingersnaps are a must for this time of year!

  5. Michelle - I've never tried it. But, I would imagine if you hold off on the outer sugar coating and roll right before you place them in the oven, the cookies should be okay - it might take a minute or two longer to cook.

    Jep - I agree!

  6. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I made these yesterday, and now I'm saving the recipe with the subtitle, "Emily's Favorite Cookies"

  7. Emily - Fantastic! I'm glad you liked them.

  8. I used to live in Sweden and I have a packet of "pepparkakor" spice leftover--pepparkakor are those Swedish gingersnaps like Anna's that you can get at IKEA. It has cinnamon, cloves, Seville orange peel, allspice, and cardamom. Interestingly, no ginger! Great taste if you can get it.