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cookie6Ginger is a spice undeniably suited for the cold, frigid months of the year. It provides a cozy feeling when being baked that can easily lure one into the kitchen, taunting you with aromatic nostalgia of a simpler time of bicycle races with the neighborhood kids and afternoon cartoons.

cookie5This cookie is hearty and should be a celebrated figurehead of the holiday season. It could easily pass for molasses cookies, but the best part is that it only contains 1/4 cup and not half or *gulp* even a whole bottle of that heart stopping delicious stuff!

Big Soft Ginger Cookies
Slightly Adapted From allrecipes.com

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, mix flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

cookie3In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the melted butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.

cookie1Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with tines of fork.

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cookie4Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on wire rack.

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