Gingersnap Cookies with Orange Zest

Posted on 12/21/2012 by after_the_ashes
I whipped these up yesterday for teachers and staff at my child's school. It might be too late for that, but it doesn't meant you shouldn't make some for yourself! I'm actually making another batch right now - the extra dozen I made are gone, baby, gone.

What's the Christmas cookie staple in your house?


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-1 and ½ Sticks Butter
-1 Cup Sugar
-1 Egg
-¼ Cup Molasses (if you don’t want the full flavor they make mild versions!)
-2 and ½ Cups Flour
-1 Tablespoon Ginger
-⅓ Teaspoon Allspice
-⅓ Teaspoon Ground Clove
-1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
-½ Teaspoon Salt
-½ Teaspoon Crushed Peppercorns (I usually use a variety of colored peppercorns)
-Zest from 1 Orange (or 2 Clementines)

1. Cream sugar and butter
2. Add the egg and molasses
3. Wash and zest orange into mixture
4. Mix together dry ingredients in separate bowl
5. Add dry ingredients to mixture and mix well
6. Refrigerate for 1 hour
7. Heat the oven to 325 degrees
8. Roll into balls and roll in sugar (I like rolling them in Sugar in the Raw)
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes!

thewickedquill 22nd-Dec-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
These sound great - and simple to make, too :) Question. Can I use ground pepper instead of crushed peppercorns? (I don't have any on hand and don't plan on getting out over the next couple days)
after_the_ashes 22nd-Dec-2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Definitely. The one thing it will effect is the cookie will be more consistently peppery. That's the only reason I grind the peppercorns myself, you get smaller and bigger bits and flakes and I like having some bites less peppery and some more.
thewickedquill 22nd-Dec-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
As it happens, my hubby found our old pepper grinder. If I can get to the shops tomorrow, maybe I can pick up some peppercorns. They won't be the same as grinding in with a mortar and pestle or other such means, but shouldn't be as fine as ready-ground, right? (Your idea of some larger and some smaller for bursts of flavor only some of the time sounds pretty good, though!)

If I get around to trying these, I'll drop a line to let you know how they came out!

Edited at 2012-12-22 04:26 pm (UTC)
after_the_ashes 23rd-Dec-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Can't wait to hear from you! I hope you love them as much as I do.
thewickedquill 23rd-Dec-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Please tell me that this dough freezes well!!

My holiday misfortune: my oven died this afternoon. I'm very lucky that most of my holiday baking was completed, though I was just about to put two cake pans in to bake. Thank goodness for good neighbours, I tell you! I saved my chocolate orange cake and if my choco-honey ganache comes out alright, then the topping will be fine, too. *wipes brow* I'm on dessert duty for Xmas lunch, so if this gets ruined tomorrow, I'm in a spot of trouble. I'm considering buying a pie on my way home tomorrow just for backup. (It's not as if the pie would go to waste. I have no self-control when it comes to pie...!)

Anyway, I hope the dough will keep because I made some today. And with the hols, it's unlikely that my oven will be fixed or replaced before New Years. I hate when appliances die before a big event, festival or holiday! Last time it was my fridge just prior to a week-long family hosting (me hosting family, that is!) and my washing machine broke just before I had to go away on vacation and half the things I wanted to take were dirty :P It never rains but it pours.
annjej76 22nd-Dec-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
These look yummy.

Our Christmas cookie staples are Pizzelle's and Rosette cookies.

Thank you for sharing your recipe.
after_the_ashes 23rd-Dec-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
YES. Pizzelles. I will have to try my hand at those sometime... Luckily, another family member brings them! I had not known of them until a couple years ago. Love marrying into a family that has a lot of different traditions!
alwayshd 23rd-Dec-2012 12:12 am (UTC)

kariquirks 23rd-Dec-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh YUM. Those look fantastic, and I bet they smell fantastic too!

In my family, the must-have cookie is Nutmeg Logs. We make a whole bunch of other kinds as well, but those are the ones that everyone would miss most if they were somehow left out. :9
after_the_ashes 23rd-Dec-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Um. That sounds like the *perfect* cookie for my husband's family - they have a family cocktail that is VERY similar. I will have to surprise them next year!
wattle_neurotic 23rd-Dec-2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Oh these look wonderful, I love my gingery cookies so will be stealing this recipe for sure!

As a southern hemisphere dweller, we don't really bake much at Christmas, because it's too hot as it is without the oven going as well (our turkey is cooked outside in a charcoal fired BBQ) my Mum always makes three layered ice cream though, it is amazing. She does it all by hand and refuses to use my ice cream maker lol
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