By Kevin Williams
Okay, first, this is a really, really, really GOOD cookie IF you aren't baking with a 14-month old (yeah, sure, blame the baby, Kevin).
In trying to figure out what went wrong with this cookie, all signs point to me getting distracted mid-recipe and forgetting the flour. I had some rare one-on-one time with Beatrice, our 14-month old, yesterday morning while her sister was at preschool. I thought it would be fun to bake something with her. I showed her how to crack an egg, stir ingredients, etc and she looked on with interest. But it's also tough to keep her (or any 14-month-old's) interest and I ended up leaving the bowl on the counter a time or two to go chase her. And at one point in the recipe I looked at the batter and thought "gee, this really looks like it doesn't make a lot of cookies" and my first thought was that I had forgotten the flour. Add to the mix, I also had a pounding headache yesterday.....I don't know, I think the combination caused me to get distracted and overlook the flour. I eventually added some because I decided to double the recipe. Even my wife when she tasted one imm
ediately suspected I forgot the flour and I do now think she is correct.
So these cookies pictured only have half the flour that they should have. That is my suspicion. The flavor of these cookies are super, so I definitely encourage you to make these for the holidays. Just don't forget the flour and maybe don't make it with a baby.
Aster did have fun rolling the balls of dough into sugar, but with less flour than they should have the cookies baked thin and spread out.
OLD-FASHIONED AMISH GINGER COOKIES
¾ cup butter
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Chill the dough. Roll into balls and dip in sugar. Bake at 375° F. for 10 minutes or until set and surface cracks. Cool on wire rack.