Monday, December 12

Great Food Blogger Cookie Exchange!

You guys don't know how excited I have been to do this cookie exchange!  The thought of sending and receiving little mystery packages in the mail has been so fun for me (I also got them shipped to my work address, so the gals at the office were also excited to see what little things were arriving in the mail!)  For my offering, I baked up my adaptation of a recipe for Molasses-Ginger Crisps, from a 2008 Martha Stewart Holiday Magazine.  I have made these cookies for the last 3 years because they are a super big hit - hope they travelled well and got to all their final destinations okay!  Here's the recipe:

Molasses-Ginger Crisps
2 cups plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 ½ cup sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/3 cup fancy molasses
1 cup coarse sanding sugar (I just always use regular granulated!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients.  Set aside.

tons of ginger in these puppies!
In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high, cream butter & sugar until pale & fluffy. Beat in eggs, then the other gingers.  Reduce speed to low.  Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the molasses.  Beat until well combined.

Shape teaspoons of dough into balls and roll in the sanding sugar.  Space 2 inches apart  on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake until cookies are flattened and edges are golden brown,  12-14 minutes.  Let cool on sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Here's what I received:

Truffle Thumb-prints from Christina at Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures

Ginger Cookies from Destini at Running to the Aisle

Cherry, Red Wine & Lime Cookies from Elaina at Flavour Food & Wine



  1. This was soooo much fun to participate in, I feel ya! Its been so fun seeing what everyone made and received for this swap. Looks like you're recipients got some great cookies! yum yum!

  2. Oh wow, how delicious! Yours and your matches' cookies look amazing! :)
    I had such a great time, and it was my first swap, too! I wish I could have tried my matches' cookies...

  3. You know, I was liking your cookies from the title, but as soon as I saw that pile of fresh ginger, I loved them. Absolutely so. Wow, I bet they smelled fantastic while baking. Lucky person who got them!

  4. Yummy, your cookies sound and look wonderful!! So glad you received my cookies and hope you enjoyed them! It was lovely meeting a new blogger friend :)

  5. I got your cookies today. Thank you so much. They are wonderful and delicious and smell incredible. I shall take some pics tonight and edit them into my post with a link to your recipe. Thanks again. I love them! They were wrapped up so pretty too!

  6. Hi Shannon! Got your cookies today and they are delicious!! Thank you so much. Love the recipe card too, makes me think it's time to get a recipe box :)

  7. Hey, I popped a pic of them up on my blog with a link to you. Thought I'd let you know. Thanks again. Lovely cookies.