However, after watching Ina Garten make them on her television show, I decided that with the rainy week, ginger cookies would be a good nosh with a cup of warming tea on a rainy afternoon.
The cookies are easy to make and the ingredients are usually found in the larder -- even the molasses. Kept there especially to make ginger cookies!
The recipe includes candied ginger and it is a nice taste surprise to bite into that candied ginger.
But the best part of this ginger cookie (or any ginger cookie, actually) is the crunchy sugar crust! Ina calls them the "Ultimate Ginger Cookie" and they are!
From The Barefoot Contessa At Home
1 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. kosher salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 extra large egg, room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 ounces)
Granulated sugar for rolling the cookies
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted iwth the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined.
Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop (I prefer the scoop). With yoru hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4 inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.