I love ginger cookies. The older I get the more I lean towards lovely ginger cookies instead of chocolate peppermint cookies for the holidays. (I still love a chocolate peppermint cookie... make no mistake about it)
These are not ginger snaps. These are soft and chewy... and delicious.
Chewy Ginger Cookies:
(King Arthur Flour)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 large eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Sugar for coating: I used regular granulated sugar but sparkling white sugar would be pretty
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they're light and fluffy.
Add the molasses, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix well. Add the eggs, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
Add the flour and scrape down the sides again.
Scoop the soft dough into 1 ½" balls and roll them sugar.
Space the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 ½" between them.
Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. The centers will look soft and puffy. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.