December 7: White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

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I finally broke down today and bought molasses.

I know I didn’t let you in on this personal journey of mine, but let me assure you, it was difficult. Molasses is one of those things that stays in my fridge for 11.5 months of the year; it’s a main ingredient in many gingerbread-esque cookies. But every year, I take my old bottle out, bang it on the counter and swear at it until it starts flowing, and then realize I don’t have enough for what I want to do and have to buy a new, non-refridgerated bottle anyway.

We didn’t bring any molasses with us from Wisconsin, so this little tradition of mine was skipped this year, and I knew it would be it. Honestly, it wasn’t the same buying the bottle of molasses without the epic battle beforehand.

So to turn this bittersweet moment into a celebration, I decided to make a recipe that called for molasses. Thanks for this one, Pinterest.

I started the recipe with butter, sugar, and brown sugar, and mixed it up in Ol’ Trusty.

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And the measuring of the molasses went smoothly. Thanks for asking; I know you were thinking of me. I hunted high and low for my liquid measuring cup because that’s about the only thing I was ever marked down for in Mrs. Nardini’s 7th grade cooking class. Lessons of a lifetime.

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In went the rest of the ingredients. I saran-wrapped it and put it in the fridge.

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An hour later, I took it out and formed my cookies. My cookie shaper is about 1 T, and these were to be about 1 1/2 T sized, so I made them with 1 1/2 scoops. I rolled them in sugar and pressed them with a glass. (After they were on the cookie sheet of course; it’s hard to do it in mid-air.)

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While they were baking, I mixed up my white chocolate dip. This recipe calls for 3 cups of white chocolate. Yeah. That was never going to happen. Whatever is in a bag of chocolate chips was the amount I used, with about a T of coconut oil. Microwaved the chocolate responsibly until it was melted.

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When the cookies came out of the oven (looking good, btw), I cooled them and then the real decisions were made.

I wasn’t going to mix up royal icing just to make a little holly berry on each cookie. I mean, the pictures on Pinterest are beautiful, but I’m still wrestling with that paper from yesterday (about halfway done) and needed to opt for sprinkles instead. The question was: which ones?

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I have a slight sprinkle problem. And colored sugar problem. And jimmie problem. Basically, if it can decorate the top of a cupcake, I’m into it and have the collection to prove it.

After three trial runs, there was a clear winner.

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Thank you, Bekah Kate’s in Baraboo, Wis. for stocking this stellar gold sprinkle last year, just for these cookies.

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White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

(from http://www.cookingclassy.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp shortening
  • sprinkles

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Mix in egg, then blend in molasses and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  • Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time, shape into balls then roll in remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2 inches apart (keep dough chilled that is not currently baking), flatten tops just slightly (to evenly level). Bake in preheated oven 8 – 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup white chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp shortening at a time in microwave on HIGH power in 10 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until melted, smooth and fairly runny (I did batches of it because it will cool as your dipping, plus its easy to burn so you don’t want to work with too much of it at a time. Then once you’ve used it up melt more, you may not need all 3 cups). Dip half of each cookie in melted white chocolate mixture then run bottom of cookie slightly along edge of bowl to remove excess, then return to Silpat or parchment paper to set at room temperature.
  • Sprinkle sprinkles on top, after the long journey to decide which ones to use

 

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