September marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and each year, OXO supports Cookies for Kids Cancer with a Bake a Difference blogathon. OXO will donate $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (up to $100,000) for each blogger post shared for this important cause.
This year, in honor of the publication of Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies, OXO is giving bloggers like me a chance to preview one of the recipes from the book and to test out with some cool OXO products.
I am so happy to have been chosen to make the Dorie’s Double-Ginger Molasses cookies. Gingersnaps and Molasses cookies are among my favorite cookies to make each Fall. As soon as the air turns crisp, and the leaves start to change, I make my way to the kitchen to bake. Ginger and molasses embody the very essence of Fall, spicy warmth and comfort. With a double dose of ginger, ground and crystallized, these flavorful cookies are wonderfully chewy and delicious. They also keep very well. Which is great if you want to give some away, or you can keep them for yourself and just know they will last several days.
Here, you can see some of OXO’s awesome products in use:
With a light to guide you, OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer includes intuitive digital controls to steadily increase or decrease speed.When you’re finished, the on-board beater clip, wrap-and-secure cord, and flat, stable base allow for compact, upright storage.
Using OXO’s Medium Silicone Spatula is an easy way to scrape the bowls clean!
For easy scooping and consistent shaping, the Medium Cookie Scoop soft grip absorbs pressure while you squeeze to smoothly release your cookie dough. It helps you make perfect balls of dough.
These cookies are actually baked in a muffin tin and yields a crispy and chewy, muffin like cookie. We used OXO’s Non-Stick Pro 12 Cup Muffin Pan. It is made with a ceramic-reinforced, two-layer, commercial-grade coating that provides ultimate non-stick release and is scratch-, stain-, corrosion- and abrasion-resistant. It’s unique micro-textured pattern ensures even baking.
Without further ado:
Double-Ginger Molasses Cookies
Recipe from Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
I have my friend Christine Beck, who is, like me, a Paris part-timer, to thank for this recipe.
The cookies belong to the chewy-molasses-cookie family, but they have so much flavor and so many surprises that they transcend the familiar. For starters, there’s both crystallized ginger and powdered ginger, lots of chopped dark chocolate and an optional bit of instant espresso too, which I tacked onto the recipe because I’m an incorrigible tinkerer.
I also tinkered with the way these are baked. Classic molasses cookies are scooped, molded into balls, rolled in sugar and then pressed with a fork before baking, and you can make these cookies that way. Or you can do what I do: Mold them in muffin tins, which turn out more uniformly shaped cookies that teeter on the brink of becoming gingerbread cakes.
A word on crystallized ginger: Crystallized, or candied, ginger is sliced fresh ginger that is cooked in syrup, dredged in sugar and dried. You can usually find it in the supermarket alongside other dried fruits or in the spice section. If the ginger isn’t moist and pliable, steam it before using: Put it in a strainer over a saucepan of simmering water, cover and let warm and soften for about 5 minutes; pat dry, chop and use. If you can’t find crystallized ginger, you can omit it or mix 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger with 2 teaspoons sugar and let stand for about 10 minutes, until the ginger is syrupy.
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 to 2 teaspoons instant espresso, to taste (optional)
- 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- ½ cup (120 ml) unsulfured molasses
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 7 ounces (200 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped chip-size