Christmas Baking!

December 12, 2010 at 1:44 am (cooking) (, , , , , , , , , , )


Today, Allie, Mom and I went over to Grinnie’s house to turn her kitchen into a war zone.

Okay, not war zone… but it darn near seemed like it!

Huge batch of Giant Ginger Cookies… Prolific batch of Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies… Too-Cute-To-Eat batch of Roly-Poly Santas… Sugary batch of Russian Tea Cakes….and two batches of fudge.

We’re tired. We hurt. BUT!!!! We got our baking (mostly) done. We forgot to bring the recipe for the candy cane cookies ;_;. We also forgot to get lemon and orange peel for the Fig Thumbprint Cookies, so we passed on them for now.

So tired!! But most definitely worth it!

And of course we cleaned up after ^,~.




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Giant Ginger Cookies

November 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm (cooking) (, , , , )


**This recipe comes from the “Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications’ ‘100 Best Cookies'”, page 8. I didn’t create it, my sister baked them. They were just really delicious!**

***okay, so I DID make two of them massive… like the size of your face.***

Giant Ginger Cookies:
Oven Temp: 350F
Bake – 11 to 13 min (our oven was 13 or 15. I forget.)
Ingredients:
4.5c all-purpose flour
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
.25 tsp salt
1.5c shortening
2c granulated sugar
2 eggs
.5c molasses
.75c coarse sugar crystals (for topping!)

In a medium bowl, combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cloves, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat shortening (with mixer, on med/high for about 30sec). Add the 2c granulated sugar. Beat until mixed together, be sure to get the sides!

Beat together eggs and molasses; beat into the sugar/shortening.

Start to add in the flour mixture.

Place the .75c sugar into a small bowl. Measure out about 2-inch balls (we used an ice cream scoop!). Roll in the sugar to coat, and then place 2.5in apart on a baking sheet. (ungreased works. yay for parchment paper!)

Bake until lightly browned and tops are puffy and cracked. (They will still be moist, chewy, and delicious.)

Cool and enjoy!! they’re REALLY good warm)

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