Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowy Sequester




The snow is coming down . . . 10 inches already!  And another 10 hours of snowing to go.  Every vantage point looks like a Christmas card, the prettiest winter scene. 

Inside, we've got cookies baking and carols playing.  It's kind of nice to be sequestered like this, the weekend before Christmas.  No running around for one last thing . . . and then one more.  Just home, inside (between shoveling shifts, that is), cozying in for Christmas.

Nice.

Here's what I'm making . . . a must, every year:




Spicy Ginger Drops

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
½ c. dark brown sugar, packed
½ c. granulated sugar
4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 c. robust (unsulphured) molasses
2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. minced crystallized ginger

Icing:
1 ½ c. confectioner's sugar
½ tsp ground ginger
2 TB milk


1.    Heat oven to 350*.

2.    Beat butter, sugars, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and vanilla in a large bowl with mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy.

3.    Add egg; beat until blended.  Beat in molasses.  On low speed, beat in flour and  minced ginger.

4.    Drop heaping teaspoons 1" apart on ungreased baking sheet. 

5.    Bake 8 - 10 minutes until light brown on top.  Cool on sheet 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

6.    Icing:  Stir ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle over cookies, sprinkle with nonpareils while icing is still soft.  Allow icing to dry at least 30 minutes. 

Note:  These cookies get better after they've sat a few days.  Yum!

You're welcome!



8 comments:

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

My, that's a lot of snow! We'll be getting blasted later today. The cookies sound delish! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I'll have you know that I've OD'd on those cookies this week! The local store that carries the ginger in bulk happens to be out so (un)fortunately I will have to wait to make more.


Hmmm. I think there are one or two more hiding in the garage on top of the freezer. I'd better go check it out!

Enjoy your snow!

Gayla

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, that is absolutely gorgeous! I can't get over the snow!

And the cookies sound divine. I bet they smell equally divine.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marydon Ford said...

Awesome snow ... we are now at about 18"+ ... happy dancing, yippee skippy! Love it. One beautiful blizzard.

Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~Marydon
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bad penny said...

oh my goodness that snow is incredible - send some here we have none on the south coast of England !


Where do you live ?

June said...

I just love snow days. Two years ago that's all we had all Winter. This year we haven't had it hit us yet.
It sounds like you had the perfect day. Have the merriest of Christmases!
hugs

GWENDOLYN said...

I LOVE that song.. Mr. white Christmas and Mr. sun. That's a lot of snow you have to shovel there. Blessings!
Gwen

Chicken Boys said...

YUMMO!! Can I have some of that snow? It's suppose to be near 60 degrees here Christmas day. Now that's a bah humbug.
~Randy

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