13 December 2016

Recipe: Gingersnaps

Note: I'm not much of a chef or baker, but there are a few quick, simple recipes I like to make. Please keep in mind that these recipes reflect only my own experience, and that if you choose to follow them you do so at your own risk!


If you're like me and don't like too much ginger in your gingersnaps, you'll love this recipe! These cookies are sweet with just enough spice, and because they use maple syrup instead of the usual molasses they have a rounded flavor with no bitterness. Warm from the oven they're a little bit chewy, and they crisp up to a snappy texture once fully cooled.

Ingredients

- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup pure dark amber maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups einkorn flour*

*Einkorn flour is made from an ancient variety of wheat and is naturally moister than all-purpose flour. If you substitute all-purpose flour, you may need to add 1-2 extra tablespoons of melted butter.

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the sugar and stir to combine.

3. Add the baking soda, salt, and spices to the bowl. Add a quarter cup of the flour and mix. Keep adding the flour and mixing, a quarter cup at a time, and begin using your hands to incorporate it once the dough becomes too stiff to stir.

4. Fill a small bowl with a few tablespoons of granulated sugar. Form the dough into balls about an inch and a half in diameter, roll them in the sugar, and place on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Use the bottom of a smooth drinking glass to gently flatten the cookies to about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Bake the cookies until they're crackly on top and golden brown around the edges, about 15-20 minutes. Carefully use a spatula to transfer the cookies to wire cooling racks to cool.
Makes 25 cookies

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