The Great Blogger Cookie Exchange was awesome! I baked 3 dozen cookies & sent them around the country and in return I received a dozen cookies from each of 3 different bloggers (more on that later).
While we are all here & enjoying cookies, I have a confession to make… I am cookie challenged! Yes, I admit it, I struggle to make cookies (they always stick to the parchment paper or spread too thin or this or that). So I signed up to the Cookie Exchange partially to challenge myself to make a really good cookie! This recipe is everything that a Cookie Should be & even I could not mess it up!
These cookies have a nice crunch with some chewy-ness to them (and the snap to chew ratio can easily be adapted by just slight adjustments to your cooking time). The dough does not need to be chilled & it doesn’t even spread! They are sweet like a cookie should be, but not so sweet that your teeth hurt. They have cinnamon (what isn’t better with cinnamon) but also some of your “Christmas Cookie” Ginger flavor. Seriously; I can’t find anything wrong with these cookies!
…. wait, I lied – the only thing wrong with these cookies is that there are no more in the house!
So with that, let’s get to the recipe so we can all make some more of these cookies. Like, for real – you should make these cookies. Make them to share, make them to save, make them to eat while no one is looking… whatever you do, just make them.
Oh Yeah… Happy Cookie Exchange & Happy Holidays!
- ¾ cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. cloves
- ½ tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups flour
- Rolling Sugar: ½ cup Sugar + 1 T cinnamon
- Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg.
- Sift dry ingredients together, then add to sugar mixture and mix until combined.
- Form into balls and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. A shorter bake time will give you a chewy cookie while longer gives you more of a nice crunch, its up to you!
- Let set on the cookie sheet for a minute or two then remove to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Slightly adapted from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
One Year Ago – Chicken Soup made from Leftover (cooked) Chicken
Two Years Ago – AMAZING Apple Turnovers (wow, I forgot about those – think I should repeat these again one of these days)
And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite Cookie Exchange Cookie?