This Page

has been moved to new address

Gingersnap Cookies, do you believe?

Sorry for inconvenience...

Redirection provided by Blogger to WordPress Migration Service
body { background:#aba; margin:0; padding:20px 10px; text-align:center; font:x-small/1.5em "Trebuchet MS",Verdana,Arial,Sans-serif; color:#333; font-size/* */:/**/small; font-size: /**/small; } /* Page Structure ----------------------------------------------- */ /* The images which help create rounded corners depend on the following widths and measurements. If you want to change these measurements, the images will also need to change. */ @media all { #content { width:740px; margin:0 auto; text-align:left; } #main { width:485px; float:left; background:#fff url("") no-repeat left bottom; margin:15px 0 0; padding:0 0 10px; color:#000; font-size:97%; line-height:1.5em; } #main2 { float:left; width:100%; background:url("") no-repeat left top; padding:10px 0 0; } #main3 { background:url("") repeat-y; padding:0; } #sidebar { width:240px; float:right; margin:15px 0 0; font-size:97%; line-height:1.5em; } } @media handheld { #content { width:90%; } #main { width:100%; float:none; background:#fff; } #main2 { float:none; background:none; } #main3 { background:none; padding:0; } #sidebar { width:100%; float:none; } } /* Links ----------------------------------------------- */ a:link { color:#258; } a:visited { color:#666; } a:hover { color:#c63; } a img { border-width:0; } /* Blog Header ----------------------------------------------- */ @media all { #header { background:#456 url("") no-repeat left top; margin:0 0 0; padding:8px 0 0; color:#fff; } #header div { background:url("") no-repeat left bottom; padding:0 15px 8px; } } @media handheld { #header { background:#456; } #header div { background:none; } } #blog-title { margin:0; padding:10px 30px 5px; font-size:200%; line-height:1.2em; } #blog-title a { text-decoration:none; color:#fff; } #description { margin:0; padding:5px 30px 10px; font-size:94%; line-height:1.5em; } /* Posts ----------------------------------------------- */ .date-header { margin:0 28px 0 43px; font-size:85%; line-height:2em; text-transform:uppercase; letter-spacing:.2em; color:#357; } .post { margin:.3em 0 25px; padding:0 13px; border:1px dotted #bbb; border-width:1px 0; } .post-title { margin:0; font-size:135%; line-height:1.5em; background:url("") no-repeat 10px .5em; display:block; border:1px dotted #bbb; border-width:0 1px 1px; padding:2px 14px 2px 29px; color:#333; } a.title-link, .post-title strong { text-decoration:none; display:block; } a.title-link:hover { background-color:#ded; color:#000; } .post-body { border:1px dotted #bbb; border-width:0 1px 1px; border-bottom-color:#fff; padding:10px 14px 1px 29px; } html>body .post-body { border-bottom-width:0; } .post p { margin:0 0 .75em; } { background:#ded; margin:0; padding:2px 14px 2px 29px; border:1px dotted #bbb; border-width:1px; border-bottom:1px solid #eee; font-size:100%; line-height:1.5em; color:#666; text-align:right; } html>body { border-bottom-color:transparent; } em { display:block; float:left; text-align:left; font-style:normal; } a.comment-link { /* IE5.0/Win doesn't apply padding to inline elements, so we hide these two declarations from it */ background/* */:/**/url("") no-repeat 0 45%; padding-left:14px; } html>body a.comment-link { /* Respecified, for IE5/Mac's benefit */ background:url("") no-repeat 0 45%; padding-left:14px; } .post img { margin:0 0 5px 0; padding:4px; border:1px solid #ccc; } blockquote { margin:.75em 0; border:1px dotted #ccc; border-width:1px 0; padding:5px 15px; color:#666; } .post blockquote p { margin:.5em 0; } /* Comments ----------------------------------------------- */ #comments { margin:-25px 13px 0; border:1px dotted #ccc; border-width:0 1px 1px; padding:20px 0 15px 0; } #comments h4 { margin:0 0 10px; padding:0 14px 2px 29px; border-bottom:1px dotted #ccc; font-size:120%; line-height:1.4em; color:#333; } #comments-block { margin:0 15px 0 9px; } .comment-data { background:url("") no-repeat 2px .3em; margin:.5em 0; padding:0 0 0 20px; color:#666; } .comment-poster { font-weight:bold; } .comment-body { margin:0 0 1.25em; padding:0 0 0 20px; } .comment-body p { margin:0 0 .5em; } .comment-timestamp { margin:0 0 .5em; padding:0 0 .75em 20px; color:#666; } .comment-timestamp a:link { color:#666; } .deleted-comment { font-style:italic; color:gray; } .paging-control-container { float: right; margin: 0px 6px 0px 0px; font-size: 80%; } .unneeded-paging-control { visibility: hidden; } /* Profile ----------------------------------------------- */ @media all { #profile-container { background:#cdc url("") no-repeat left bottom; margin:0 0 15px; padding:0 0 10px; color:#345; } #profile-container h2 { background:url("") no-repeat left top; padding:10px 15px .2em; margin:0; border-width:0; font-size:115%; line-height:1.5em; color:#234; } } @media handheld { #profile-container { background:#cdc; } #profile-container h2 { background:none; } } .profile-datablock { margin:0 15px .5em; border-top:1px dotted #aba; padding-top:8px; } .profile-img {display:inline;} .profile-img img { float:left; margin:0 10px 5px 0; border:4px solid #fff; } .profile-data strong { display:block; } #profile-container p { margin:0 15px .5em; } #profile-container .profile-textblock { clear:left; } #profile-container a { color:#258; } .profile-link a { background:url("") no-repeat 0 .1em; padding-left:15px; font-weight:bold; } ul.profile-datablock { list-style-type:none; } /* Sidebar Boxes ----------------------------------------------- */ @media all { .box { background:#fff url("") no-repeat left top; margin:0 0 15px; padding:10px 0 0; color:#666; } .box2 { background:url("") no-repeat left bottom; padding:0 13px 8px; } } @media handheld { .box { background:#fff; } .box2 { background:none; } } .sidebar-title { margin:0; padding:0 0 .2em; border-bottom:1px dotted #9b9; font-size:115%; line-height:1.5em; color:#333; } .box ul { margin:.5em 0 1.25em; padding:0 0px; list-style:none; } .box ul li { background:url("") no-repeat 2px .25em; margin:0; padding:0 0 3px 16px; margin-bottom:3px; border-bottom:1px dotted #eee; line-height:1.4em; } .box p { margin:0 0 .6em; } /* Footer ----------------------------------------------- */ #footer { clear:both; margin:0; padding:15px 0 0; } @media all { #footer div { background:#456 url("") no-repeat left top; padding:8px 0 0; color:#fff; } #footer div div { background:url("") no-repeat left bottom; padding:0 15px 8px; } } @media handheld { #footer div { background:#456; } #footer div div { background:none; } } #footer hr {display:none;} #footer p {margin:0;} #footer a {color:#fff;} /* Feeds ----------------------------------------------- */ #blogfeeds { } #postfeeds { padding:0 15px 0; }

December 21, 2010

Gingersnap Cookies, do you believe?

"Mommy, Santa is not real, isn't he?" My 10 year old girl asked me the other day while I was driving to take her to the dance class. I knew that this moment will come someday and I have to give an answer at some point of her young life, but never come up with a good way to respond.
Some might tell their children that Santa is not real and his existence is all made up by grown-ups, but I hesitate to say that to mine. Of course I've never seen Santa myself but I do believe in him, in my heart.

Believing in something can bring miracles. It is not important seeing with your own eyes to believe. It is about how pure your heart is, and follow what it tells you. Children have pure hearts like blank canvas. They believe the power and the spirit of Christmas even without seeking the sign or going into intellectual logistics. Because of their pure innocence it cures their aching hearts, brings them smiles, and delivers them hopes for the future. I somehow lost some of that pure heart in me a long time ago.

I answered to my daughter that evening in the car, "I've never seen Santa myself so I can't not tell you whether he is real or not. But I can tell you this. I got older and distracted with many things in life. I started not to believe him anymore and that's when I lost my magic in Christmas. I think Santa never visited me ever since. If I have believed him I bet he would still have visited me." My girl did not say any word after that.

I like to make gingersnap cookies holiday season. There is nothing like smelling the fragrance of spice coming out of oven during holiday. This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies and my kids love them. It is not that spicy compared to other spiced cookies and you can variate cooking time depend on the texture you prefer. This is not the chewy kind of cookie recipe, although it is not too dry either. Somewhat crunch on the outside and soft inside.  This recipe is from the Joy of baking.

You know what? When you carry the the spirit with you, everything turns out better somehow. So turn on your favorite Christmas music and let's get in the mood!

Grab the supplies for this recipe.

First sift flour with ground clove, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.

Dump butter and sugars in a mixer.

Beat them in a medium speed until fluffy scraping the bowl once.

Add this sticky gooey molasses, the vintage form of sweetener. Be careful not to drop this jar on the floor. It will be a red alert natural disaster if you do.

Add vanilla and an egg. Can't imagine baking without the help of chicken, can you?

Beat until mixed.

Reduce the mixing speed to low and slowly add flour.

Mix until they get incorporated.

You need to chill the dough for 30 minutes in the fridge, or put it outside somewhere cold if your fridge is full of stuff.

Roll the dough into 1" balls, coat them with granulated sugar. I used organic granulated sugar this time. I sometimes use turbinado sugar and it gives nice crunch.

Place them on the parchment papered baking sheet, spacing 2" apart.

Using the flat bottom of glass, press down each balls to make disks about 2" in diameter. You want to dip the glass bottom in sugar each time to avoid sticking.

Ready to bake in preheated 350º F oven for 12-15 minutes.

I like mine baked for 12 minutes. It was just right texture for crispy outside and soft in the middle.

Cool them on the wired rack completely. These gingersnaps freeze beautifully which I love, so I can always take some out to put in a pretty gift bag to handout whenever I need.

My 7 year old wrote a letter to Santa with his wish list. He is a believer and no one can tear down his world of wonder and magic. I want him to keep his world as long as he can.

"Mommy, how can Santa come in to our place, we don't have chimney and we live on the 11th floor?" he asked.
"I am sure he will find a way. Do you remember he came to our house in Hong Kong last year? We lived on the 40th floor, you know." I replied.
"Oh! I hope Santa knows that we moved... Can you email him?"

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Gingersnap Cookies
recipe from the "Joy of baking"
makes about 4 dozen cookies

3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (105g) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (100g) white granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) unsulphured molasses
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (260g) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground clove
1 cup granulated white sugar for coating

Sift flour, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and salt in a bowl, set aside.
In a mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on a medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Turn the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Pour 1 cup of white granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. When the dough is chilled roll into 1" balls, then roll the balls into sugar to coat them thoroughly. Place them on the baking sheet, spacing 2" apart. With the flat bottom of a glass, flatten the ball to make disks, about 2" in diameter.

Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the cookies feel dry and firm on top. The longer the cookies bake, the more crisp they will be. Cool on a wire rack.
They freeze beautifully for longer storage.

post signature

Labels: ,


At December 21, 2010 at 5:43 AM , Anonymous Katie said...

I've always loved these cookies, but I've never made them before. thanks for the recipe! Do you know if I can find molasses here in HK?

At December 21, 2010 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Hi Katie
Yes, I've seen the same Grandma's molasses at many places like Wellcome, City super, Oliver's, or Taste, etc.
How is everything going there? I miss all of you.

At December 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Anonymous Suganya said...

Very very good. The first ginger snaps recipe which actually tasted like what I wanted it to taste. Thank you.

At March 14, 2012 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Scott said...

Nice blog, hi friend, i found that there is one website offering free puzzle games. Just take one minute to sign up then you will receive one free puzzle game. Its URL is Just take one minute to sign up then you will receive one free puzzle game. I've done it and now i am enjoying. 


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home