Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dipped Ginger Molasses Cookies

I inherited my sweet tooth from my dad. It's one of my favorite qualities about us. Wait, is it a quality to like sweets? Why yes...yes, it is. And it has led us to numerous delicious sweets and treats. This recipe is one that Dad used to make for us. If I remember correctly, he also was the one who started dipping them in chocolate, which makes sense, because everything's better with chocolate on it. Right, dad?

Dipped Ginger Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tsp. soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
Additional sugar (for rolling)
8 oz. white chocolate chips

Cream together shortening and sugar. Mix in molasses and egg. Add all dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.

Roll into 1"-2" balls. Roll in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. After done baking, if they still seem too puffy and tall, drop the pan. Transfer from baking sheet to racks until completely cooled.

Melt white chocolate chips in microwave at 15 second increments until smooth. If it starts to seize, just add a little bit of shortening to smooth it out (about 1 TBLS). Dip cookies in white chocolate and set on wax paper to dry. Sprinkle chocolate side with sprinkles for an extra dash of Christmas cheer.

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