Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ginger Cookies with White Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting


This cookie recipe is one that your grandma would bake this time of year. Or, if you are a grandma, it's something you should be making! Actually, there's really no reason you shouldn't make these no matter who you are! These are homey, simple, classic, and delicious. Serve this with a glass of cold milk and you will make someone's day!

I'm aware I'm rushing the season just a little here, but I've decided to get a head start on my baking and am stocking the freezer. That way, when Christmas gets a little closer, I won't be panicking about last minute gifts and food. Just the gifts...

This ginger cookie is soft in the middle and chewy on the edges. The white chocolate takes on almost a spicy flavor and adds just enough sweetness to balance all the spices.

I reduced the amount of sugar slightly because that's how I roll and switched up some of the spices to make it more interesting and to my liking. I bet you'll love this!

Soft Ginger Cookies with White Chocolate Frosting
Adapted from this recipe
Makes about 30 cookies

1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
4 tablespoons sugar

7 ounces white chocolate
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, salt, baking soda, and flour.

In a stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the 3/4 cup sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg and stir to combine thoroughly. Mix in the water and molasses until the mixture is uniform.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 4 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Roll the refrigerated dough into tablespoon sized balls with your hands and roll to coat in the sugar.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with palm.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are thinned, small cracks appear in the middle and edges look firm. Cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Once cookies have completely cooled, you can start the frosting: Using a microwave-proof bowl, you can melt the white chocolate by microwaving in 10 second intervals and stirring between each until smooth. If using a double boiler, bring a small amount of water to a boil over high heat and set a metal bowl containing the chocolate over the water. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the cinnamon and stir until incorporated.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper. Dip each cookie in the melted chocolate to cover about half and set on the parchment to harden. You may speed up this process by placing the pans in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes.



This blog hop is hosted by Brenda from Meal Planning Magic. I'm also sharing this at Crazy For Crust, Back for Seconds, Lady Behind the Curtain, DJ's Sugar Shack, Happy Hour Link Party, The Humble Brag, and 33 Shades of Green.

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28 comments :

  1. Those look SO good! And I've made that recipe before. So yummy! Love the white chocolate touch. White chocolate and ginger is an amazing combination. :)

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  2. Thanks Erin! And I agree 100%!

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  3. just saw these on FG - gorgeous! Funny..I *just* made molasses cookies today but won't blog about them for a few weeks...so many different ways to do them. Love the white choc addition on these!

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    1. Thanks Averie! It must be nice to have so many posts'on the burner'. Can't wait to see what you did with yours!

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  4. Oh, wow, these look amazing, Loretta! White chocolate makes every cookie taste better ;) Pinning these!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy! I tend to forget about white chocolate, but then I make something like this and wonder why!

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  5. OH these sound pretty fabulous! What a perfect cookie for these fall/winter evenings. Definitely pinning these :)

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    1. I totally agree, Taryn. They're great for getting you in the Winter state of mind! And thank you!

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  6. the frosting totally makes it. these look deelish!

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    1. Thanks! I really liked that they were different, but not too different, if you know what I mean...

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  7. I made a similar cookie last year but with bittersweet chocolate instead of white. It would be neat to make both for a nice contrast on the plate.

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    1. Oh! Judy, that sounds wonderful! It's hard to beat dark chocolate.

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  8. Ginger cookies are great for Christmas. The added white chocolate makes them stand out.

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    1. I agree Annamarie! They make me feel like sitting in the dark, looking at a lit tree, and munching on cookies!

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  9. These look amazing! I love that they are soft cookies rather than crunchy ones! And dipped? Yes, please!

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    1. I never really came around to the 'snap' in gingersnaps. They seem less homemade to me for some reason!

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  10. These cookies have all my favorite flavors! I have got to try these!

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  11. Gingerbread and white chocolate goes SO well together, these look SO yum!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! It's one of those 'can't put down combos'!

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  12. The cookies look delicious!

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  13. These look fantastic! I am ginger obsessed, I need to ask my wife to make these. (I'm not allowed to bake sweet things, that's her area of expertise) And great blog by the way. I'm enjoying exploring.

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    1. Thank you Ryan! Your beautiful bread pictures have me itching to get my hands on some dough...

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  14. So yummy looking...and PRETTY!

    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-6/

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  15. Thanks Jocie! Your link party is awesome!

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  16. They look so simply and gorgeous! I look ginger cookies, they are my most absolute favorite during the Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I can't wait to make some!!

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    1. I hope you like them Heather! I think they're one of the best this time of year as well....Thanks for coming by!

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