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Lemon Ginger Cookies

Posted by foodgeek on December 20, 2009 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (2)

 

I am a big fan of Sherry Yard, Executive Pastry Chef of Spago. This is one of my favorite recipes taken out of her book "The Secrets of Baking". These cookies are much like sugar cookies, but a bit cakier due to the chemical leavening. Lemon and ginger are a refreshing combination.

 

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Preparation Time 15 mins.

Cooking Time 12 - 15 mins each batch

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3/4 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for rolling

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1 large egg, at room temperature

1/4 cup finely diced crystallized ginger

 

Method:

Sift together flour and baking soda into a medium bowl and set aside.

Using a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Add the 3/4 cup sugar, lemon zest, ginger and salt. Cream on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle.

 

Add the egg and beat on low speed for 30 seconds, or until fully incorporated. Do not overbeat. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

 

On low speed, add the flour mixture. Beat until all the dry ingredients are incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until just incorporated.

 

Remove small handfuls of the dough from the mixer and plop down the middle of a sheet of parchment paper, creating a log about 2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Fold the parchment over creating a sausage. Chill for at least 1 hour. At this point, the dough will keep nicely, tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month. (Thaw frozen dough at room temperature for 30 minutes.)

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the rack to the lower third of the oven. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

 

When the dough has chilled, remove it from the parchment, pour the remaining 1/4 cup sugar onto the work surface, and roll the log in the sugar. Using a chef's knife, slice 1/3 inch thick rounds off the log. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

 

Bake one sheet at a time for 12 to 15 minutes or until brown around the edges, turing the cookie sheet once halfway through the baking. Remove from the oven and carefully slide the parchment directly onto a work surface. Wait at least 5 minutes before serving or 30 minutes before storing in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by foodgeek on May 17, 2009 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (0)

A knoff off of DoubleTree Hotel cookies..

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
2 eggs
3 cups semi-sweet, chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Instructions:

Grind oats in a food processor or blender until fine. Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand until ingredients are well blended.

For the best results, chill the dough overnight in the refrigerator before baking the cookies.

Spoon rounded 1/4 cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the scoops about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350°F oven for 16-18 minutes or until cookies are light brown and soft in the middle. Store in a sealed container when cool to keep soft.

 


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I'm not a professional cook or baker. My family will attest to that! I have had a reputation to be a bad cook, but I love good food so much that I resolved to learn and improve my cooking skills to have good food always at hand, without having to eat out. I get excited when I find a great recipe or bread formula and feel the need to share. So here is a chronolog of my successes (and sometimes failures) of my culinary exploits. Enjoy and chime in. Always happy to get some good insight!

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