Easy Ginger Crackles
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Gingersnaps, molasses cookies, ginger crackles----whatever you want to call them—are the sort of cookie that you might not crave, but when you have a bite, you won't be able to stop. These cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and filled with warm spices. I set out to find a gingersnap recipe with this texture that does not call for shortening, and the task was surprisingly difficult. Not only is it gross, vegetable shortening is made of hydrogenated oils (banned in many countries) which disrupt cell function and can contribute to cancer. I'll stick to butter, thanks.
I settled on this food network recipe as a base for the all butter factor, but I adjusted the spices slightly, doubled the recipe (because why wouldn't you want more cookies?) and added metric measurements.
Shared from After School Bakery, a sister-site to Collegetown Kitchen
Makes about 4 dozen cookies using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop.
4 1/2 cups (605g) all purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup/2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup (226g) molasses
Extra sugar for rolling
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, measure the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine and aerate.
In a large mixing bowl (4-5qt) cream the butter with the sugar for 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, then the molasses. Once the molasses is mixed in, mix another minute or two until the mixture lightens slightly in color.
Pour the dry ingredients over the wet (if your ground ginger is lumpy, sift the dry ingredients in), and mix on low until no dry bits remain.
Scoop 12-15 cookies per half-sheet pan using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop (or with a dinner spoon).
Pour about 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl, and roll each ball of dough in the sugar to coat. Arrange the balls of dough back on the sheet tray, making sure to leave room for spreading.
Bake one tray at a time for 12 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and slightly more brown. Let each batch cool on the tray for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies will taste great warm but the texture and flavor is much better at room temperature.
Jeremy Scheck is the founder and editor-in-chief of Collegetown Kitchen and After School Bakery. He is a student at Cornell University in the class of 2022 studying Spanish, Italian, and nutrition. Aproveche, buon appetito and bon appétit!