On the top of the list was me--baking more muffins and cookies, and breads. Sigh, so much is asked of me. Just because I love baking things does it mean I want to do it all the time? Well, yes, yes it does! Now I have even more reason to. I want to stock-pile cookies and muffins in the freezer so I always have some on hand. Today I made a recipe out of a really great book,
The recipe is called Old-Fashioned Ginger Cookies, and the only difference between this recipe and the one I usually use is that there is lemon juice in it. Lemon juice? Really?? Yes, and it is really does take it up a notch. We all loved them, and they are going in the lunch boxes tomorrow. I need to freeze the rest right away, to save myself from the extra calories.
Here is what I did:
Cream together 1/2 cup (115g) butter, at room temperature, with 233g grams sugar. Or, conversely, 2/3 of 1 3/4 cup sugar (odd I know, that's why I stuck to grams, I refuse to do math if I don't have to). You use the other 1/3 of the sugar to roll the cookies in, if you are confused :)
Add 1 egg and mix in. Stir in 4 tbs molasses (black treacle) and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Next, add: 2.5 cups sifted plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and 1 1/2tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp cloves. Mix together to form a soft dough.
Roll dough into 3/4" balls and roll in sugar before placing on a greased cookie sheet. Leave space for the cookies to spread. Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until set. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy!
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