Actually we celebrate Christmas on the 7 of January. But with all these crazy awesome Christmas preparations going on around, I've caught a Christmas spirit way earlier than I expected. Seriously, my Instagram feed is just screaming in my face about gingerbread men, candy canes and gift wrapping ideas! Anyway, it is already a holiday time (even thought it feels like spring outdoors! and I still have examinations until December 27!) . So, I can plunge into it without any feeling of guilt!
Every year I make gingerbread men to ornament a Christmas tree. But this year I felt like it became an obligation. Almost everyone I know has been asking me whether I am gonna make my gingerbread man! So, I decided to go for something new. And at the same time I wanted it to be a great holiday gift. I truly believe that a present, made with love and with your own hands, really values a lot (and not only because it is eatable!))) At least it is better to give a box of this awesomeness than an ordinary postcard.
Choosing a recipe I knew it must be gingery, but isn't it too simple? This is when candied orange peels appear. I am not that kind of show-off person, but these cookies are good. Too good. I can't get enough of them! For god's sake, you have to make them!
GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES with CANDIED ORANGE PEELS
makes 32 cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (120 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus more to garnish
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup (60 grams) candied orange peels, cut into small particles
- Preheat the oven to 375 F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, salt.
- In a bowl of the mixer beat butter and sugar. Beat in molasses, egg, fresh ginger, orange zest, vanilla extract.
- Mix in gradually the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or you can leave overnight).
- Form from the dough 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls and roll each in granulated sugar. Place on a lined baking sheet, placing cookies 2 inches (5cm) apart. Top with candied orange peels, pressing them gently into the dough.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should have crinkles and look slightly under baked, with a raw centre.
- The cookies will keep up to a week. The spicy flavour will come out even more overnight.
- Xo Xo