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Gingersnap Cookies with Orange Zest

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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Ingredients:
-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)

Instructions:
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!

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brunettepet
Dec. 21st, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Sorry for the multiple postings. LJ was being monkey and not showing I'd posted the query.
after_the_ashes
Dec. 21st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Lol! No worries! I have made a thorough mess of them now, too :)
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after_the_ashes
Dec. 21st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Crushed/ground - either way. Mostly, I just don't like the super fine black pepper you would get at a diner - I like using whole peppercorns and using my mortar and pestle so there are varying sizes and flakes of the peppercorns. It's a personal thing - I like having some bites that are zippier :)
quirkmanly
Dec. 21st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Try to do it
ne_jyam
Dec. 21st, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
after_the_ashes
Dec. 23rd, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I am glad people do molasses cookies! I love the flavor and the time to use it only seems to come around once a year here. I'm going to have to find a way to remedy that...
mizbhaven13
Dec. 22nd, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
These sound wonderful! I might have to make some next week. I vary my cookies every year but the one that must always be included in every gift basket I make (or else I'll get shot) are my Kitchen SInk cookies. It's just your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe with whatever odds & ends of baking chips, candies, nuts you have left over after making everything else.
after_the_ashes
Dec. 23rd, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
That sounds like what my youngest daughter does when we make cookies together - she always makes a giant cookie bar with everything in it. Always the best, in my opinion - I love the nuts and she usually makes them with peanut butter.
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