Chewy Ginger Cookies

These wonderful ginger cookies are soft and chewy, and rolled in sparkly sugar.
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These ginger cookies are chewy and crackled and covered in sparkly sugar.  Perfect for baking with your favourite little elf

This weekend we said goodbye to Adarsh's parents.  Their six-week stay just flew by.  Before they arrived, my mom was here for a few weeks, and Adarsh's sister visited for a couple of weeks in there, too.  We've had such a wonderfully full home.  This morning when we woke to a frosty fog and silence, it was very strange.  I miss the noise and confusion of six humans and a dog sharing a two-bedroom apartment. 

And now (gulp) we are actually on our own with two kids.  But I'm turning the page with a full heart.  We have had so much family love warming our space, now I'm making it my job to keep the feeling of comfort and fullness alive. 

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It's hard to be the best version of yourself when you are exhausted and have your attention pulled in many distractions. But I want a happy home filled with laughter, so I'm going to do my best to cultivate the warmth and lightheartedness that I want to feel in my life and in my family.

For me that means going with the flow and letting go of little things. Remembering that when I can't change the circumstance, I can change my attitude instead. 

(That, or make cookies.)  

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I'm kicking off the holiday season with gratitude and lots of reflection. When it was just one baby, I felt like I was just playing house.  Now that I'm the mother of two little elves, I feel the weight of a new responsibility. Now I have a pack to lead, and I want to do it with mindfulness. Because it's the small things that you do repeatedly that matter, and ultimately make up who you are as an individual, a mom, a wife, a friend. Amirite? 

For these cookies, keep in mind that they do best with a one-hour chill before rolling.  It's a soft dough, so this helps you roll them into neat spheres, and also prevents them from spreading too quickly in the oven.  Also, I usually roll the dough balls in coarse sugar for a super-sparkly effect and a bit of crunch, but I didn't have any this time.  Use either, but the coarser option is prettier for the holidays.  

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  • About 3 dozenServings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups (9 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Coarse sugar, for rolling (or more granulated sugar)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375ºF.  In standing mixer, beat butter, sugar and molasses until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in egg. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.  With mixer speed on low, add to butter mixture and beat to combine.  Chill dough for 1 hour. 

Roll dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in sugar.  Bake 2" apart on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 8 minutes, until golden and crinkled.