Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED GINGER COOKIES

choc dipped ginger cookies

Chocolate and ginger are so synergistic.  Taken separately, they’re great.  But taken together, they’re over-the-top great.   I like to add some whole wheat flour to ginger cookies, giving them a bit of a nutrition boost and a little more depth of flavor, but you can use all refined white flour if you prefer. 

This cookie is one of my all-time favorites, and it may become one of yours.  The spices seem just about perfectly balanced to me, and the soft, slightly chewy texture is everything you want in a ginger cookie.  Give them a try and see if you don’t agree that chocolate and ginger were made for each other.
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Chocolate-Dipped Ginger Cookies
Adapted from McCall’s Cookie Collection
Rating:  10 out of 10

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered cloves
1-1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Diamond kosher salt
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla powder or vanilla extract
1/4 cup Crisco vegetable shortening, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar (I used 3/4 cup sugar + 3 Tbsp. NuNaturals stevia)
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, preferably 60% cacao or higher

In medium bowl, sift together flours, baking soda, spices, pepper, salt and vanilla powder (if using.  If using extract, add with liquids).  In bowl of heavy-duty stand mixer, using paddle attachment, cream shortening and butter on medium speed till well combined and smooth, about 2 minutes.  Gradually add sugar, creaming till light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Blend in fresh ginger, molasses and egg on medium speed.  On low speed, mix in flour mixture just till combined.  Refrigerate overnight to develop flavors and firm dough.

Heat oven to 375F.  Line baking sheets with greased parchment paper.  Shape dough in 1-1/4” balls and place 2-1/2” apart on prepared pan.  Bake 7-8 minutes, or till golden brown but still soft in centers.  Cool in pan 4-5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. 

Melt 10 oz. good-quality chocolate (bittersweet with a high cacao count is best, but you could also do white chocolate or a half batch of dark and white).  You can melt chocolate in a microwave by zapping on high and stirring at 30-second intervals, but I like to put the chocolate in a bowl that sits over hot, not boiling, water, stirring till it’s melted.  Dip end of cookies in melted chocolate.
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Place cookies on waxed paper till chocolate hardens.  This may take several hours.  You can speed up the process by initially setting the waxed paper on a baking sheet.  After you’ve dipped the cookies and filled the waxed paper up, just transfer it to the freezer for about 30 minutes.
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Try not to eat too many right away.  You’re saving these for Christmas, right?  When the chocolate is hardened, place the cookies in a plastic container, separating each row with waxed paper.  Freeze till needed and try to forget they’re in there.  (I’ve been known to take them out of the freezer and eat them without thawing.  They don’t freeze rock hard and they’re quite good like this.) Yield:  46-50 cookies
Today’s post is for week 9 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, hosted by Brenda Thompson.  Her blog is Meal Planning Magic

Be sure and check out all of the fabulous treats the other participants came up with this week.  And, if you would like to join the hop and add your own Christmas treat recipes, just contact Brenda for details. 

7 comments:

Karen said...

Those look amazing. I've already pinned them to try.

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Chocolate and ginger are one of my favorite flavor combinations during the holiday season. These sound awesome!

bakewelljunction said...

Ginger is such a wonderful festive flavor. Adding chocolate is just genius.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I'm not much of a sweets eater, but I do love chocolate. This is just the right touch with the ginger cookie.

Happy Thanksgiving Judy from our house to yours.
Sam

Katrina said...

Chocolate and ginger are definitely perfect together! Love the dipped cookie.

bakewelljunction said...

Judy,
Thanks for stopping by my site. I replied to your message there but I thought you might not see it. My site can't display the links directly on the post. I do display the link to the Christmas treats list as required by Brenda. Looking forward to your next post.

MelindaRD said...

Awesome! Ginger is my absolute favorite. In Japan lots of things are ginger flavored and I am forever trying to track down ginger things. In fact, my dog's name is ginger! I love that these are dipped in chocolate.