Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ginger Cream Cookies

Ginger Creams
Ginger Creams bring back lots of memories for me.  Memories from long, long ago!  These fluffy ginger cakes with creamy white icing are one of the cookies that my mom made for me to take to kindergarten to share with my class.  I remember counting down the days on the mimeographed cookie calendar until it was my very first “cookie day”.  Carefully my mom and I packed the ginger cream cookies into a green Tupperware container, and I proudly brought them in to my teacher.  At snack time I took the cookies around to each student.  Of course we learned important lessons like “the one you touch is the one you take” and to always say “thank you” to the person who brought cookies.

Ginger Creams 2
Such fond memories . . . but as I continued to think about kindergarten, it occurred to me that I brought cookies every few weeks, and we had about 15 kids in my class.  That would mean we had cookies every day!  That couldn’t be right!  We didn’t have homemade cookies EVERY day in kindergarten, did we?  That would be so unhealthy!  Surely it couldn’t be true!  I actually had to call my mom to check if my recollections were correct.  She confirmed that, yes, we did indeed have cookies and milk every day in kindergarten.  Did you have cookies every day in kindergarten?

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Ginger Cream Cookies
Fluffy ginger cookies topped with creamy white icing.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
           For Icing:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream

Instructions
1. Mix together the butter, sugar, egg, and molasses.2. Dissolve soda in the hot water and then stir into mixture.3. Stir in flour, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.4. Chill dough for about an hour. 5. Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a baking sheet.6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart.7. In 400°F oven, bake for 7 - 8 minutes or until when touched with finger almost no imprint remains.8. Make icing by combining the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and enough cream to make spreadable.9. Frost cookies as soon as they are cool enough to handle, but still warm.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 dozen cookies

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Updated

February 16 2012

45 comments:

  1. Yum! I'd love to try some of these cookies and definitely wouldn't mind having one every day :) LOL

    I didn't have cookies and milk everyday, but there was a period of time, when mum would pick me up from kindergarden take me to the closest 7/11 buy me a small carton of milk and a small packet of chips :) fond memories ~

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Totally YUMMY

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  3. Just looking at the ingredients, I can see that these cookies are totally scrumptious. I don't remember having any treats in kindergarten. We all brought our own lunchs--I remember--but there wasn't a mom like yours who sent treats to school. What a wonderful memory. Even though we're all so busy with work, I think it important to share home-cooked treats. I'll be everyone who was in kindergarten with you remembers those cookies!

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    1. I don't know if they would remember--we must have eaten A LOT of cookies that year!

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  4. I love anything ginger and especially love gingersnaps. I don't know how close these are to that but they look fantastic and the ingredients sound wonderful.

    I can't remember if we had cookies daily in Kindergarten - that was a long time ago. I just remember taking out our mat and having to pretend like we were sleeping. We had back then nap time. Wow how things have changed. Now they have kindergarten all day. It's fun going back down memory lane.

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    1. These have a similar flavor to gingersnaps, but have a different texture. These are more like little cakes, not quite as chewy as gingersnaps.

      We didn't have mats, but I think we had to put our heads down after snack time and "rest". I remember it being very uncomfortable to keep my head down for so long!

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  5. I am a big fan of ginger cookies...could eat a dozen at one go!

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  6. Oh those look so delicious, and I think the cookie could probably be fine on its own but seriously the cream puts it over the edge.

    What a wonderful memory to have hopefully it didn't traumatize to realize you had cookies and milk every day.

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    1. No, not traumatized! Just surprised they let us do that! I am sure that would NOT happen in today's schools were "healthy choices" are emphasized.

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  7. I so love ginger in cookies. It's very warm and comforting to me. These look so good, especially with the creamy frosting!

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    1. I agree--something about ginger is very comforting!

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  8. I remember livin in Venezuela and my dad would bring these huge ginger cookies...love ginger and will try your version which I am sure are as good as they look.

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  9. Oh, this brought back memories! We actually did graham crackers and I LOVED talking my mother into buying the cinnamon crackers...but I remember these cookies well! Thanks for a delicious memory!

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  10. Jill,
    I can't remember about milk time in kindergarten, but I remember that we had little rugs, and we had to take naps, too. I wish that I had those ginger cookies to eat at milk time, though. They look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Homemade cookies every day? That really would be amazing. I love ginger and these cookies look great!

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  12. These look delicious! I feel like a kid whenever I see iced cookies! :) They are my absolute favorite and I know I would love these!

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  13. I love the look of these cookies... I love iced cookies! I didn't eat too many cookies as a kid - I was weird, but I love cookies now :) Thanks for sharing!

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  14. My daughter love ginger cookies too. I am a fan of recipes with great backstories. Makes the recipe even more special. I would love to have fun in the kitchen with my daughter, baking these Creamy Ginger treats. =)

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  15. Yum - I love chewy cookies...and ginger!

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  16. I see you chill this dough. After chilling, could it be rolled and cut with cookie cutters? I remember having these ginger pigs growing up and they were these big thick soft ginger cookies and this is the closest recipe I've seen that might possibly work. What about using grated fresh ginger vs. powered ginger? I have to post as noneofyour because I forgot my password and I'm too lazy to figure it out. Sorry. My name is Tracee and I can be reached at tracee@zbzoom.net Thanks!

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    1. I sent you an email--Even though the cookie dough is chilled, it is still pretty soft and sticky, so wouldn't work for rolling. I do think you could use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger just fine.
      Although these ginger cream cookies wouldn't work well for rolling out, I do have another recipe on my blog that has similar spices and is rolled and cut with cutters: http://www.dulcedough.com/2011/05/grandmas-old-fashioned-molasses-cookies.html

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  17. I didn't have homemade cookies:( but I went to mrs. Mouw's country kindergarten and we had pony rides and horse cart rides. Those were pretty fun activities packed in a 1/2 day!

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  18. I've had ginger cookies but never ginger creams. These might be my new favorite cookie!

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  19. I most certainly did have graham crackers every day in kindergarten but they did not come anything near these lovely gingerbread cookies. I can tell they are chewy too, just the way I like them. Your photos are stunning.

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  20. yum! these look delicious; can't wait to try them out!

    question though - when you list "1 tsp soda" to be added to hot water, do you mean baking soda? i hadn't seen a recipe that called to adding it to warm water first, and i just wanted to double check.

    thanks so much! :)

    (we didn't have cookies every day, but we only had half day kindergarten. everyone was allowed to bring a treat to share on their birthday, though - up through 5th grade!)

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    1. Yes--you add the baking soda to the hot water and then pour it into the batter. It kind of fizzes and foams. I have not seen many recipes that do this, but one of my grandma's recipes says to dissolve the baking soda in boiling coffee. That recipe is here: http://www.dulcedough.com/2011/05/grandmas-old-fashioned-molasses-cookies.html

      My kindergarten was only half a day too, and I also remember bringing special birthday treats! My mom always made pretty cupcakes!

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  21. We didn't have cookies every day in kindergarten, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have complained if we did. :) I've never tried ginger cream cookies but I think I will be making them soon. They sound wonderful.

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  22. I obviously went to the wrong kindergarten because I think we did have cookies every day, but they were only store-bought graham crackers. Wah! I totally missed out. I would have much preferred these gingery ones, as I am a total fiend for ginger. ;)

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  23. I'm jealous your kindergarten allowed you to eat cookies! I bet all kids love your school. =) I have to bring in "healthy snack" to my childrens' schools... They don't want cookies or any "sugary" things, so you definitely have nice memory~! These ginger cream cookies look delicious! It is a nice match. I love any food or sweets with ginger, oh even a drink too! What a lovely recipe!

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  24. So yummy! Perfect for kindie-garden consumption! We had them everyday too. It wasn't a bad thing back then though because we still had playtime where the teachers tossed us outside and forced us to run it all off! At least...that's how it was in Oklahoma :)

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  25. OMG te ha quedado perfecto y tentador,me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  26. These look delicious. I am not a huge fan of ginger flavor but the cream frosting must cut down on that a bit. I think these would be great with an afternoon tea.

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  27. Isn't ginger a vegetable technically? So having these every day would actually be *good* for you, right? :)

    I don't recall if I had cookies every day but I definitely played in the woods with my friends unsupervised...oh the good ole days.

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  28. Gosh, this post is lovely! I love the icing. Beautiful work! x

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  29. I don't usually like ginger, but for some reason, I do enjoy it in cookies! These look delicious and I love the frosting on top!

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  30. We had a snack every day in Kindergarten, which was usually cookies (store bought or homemade) and milk. Sometimes it was raisins or graham crackers though. My daughter did not have snack time at all when she was in Kindergarten last year. She has a snack time this year now that she is in first grade. However, each kid has to bring a snack for themselves, and the snack must be a fruit or a veggie.

    And homemade goods to share...out of the question. What a bummer.

    (I've never seen ginger cookies like this with icing. They look so yummy!)

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  31. I love ginger cookies and the idea of frosting them sounds fantastic.

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  32. wow simply cute :x i ♥ this ahaha :D
    my kids will surely like this cookies.. a million thanks for sharing :)

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  33. I love your story, so cute. The ginger cookies look delicious. I love a good ginger cookie and the frosting makes it even better.

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  34. What a sweet memory! We didn't have kindergarten, and I don't even think we had snacks in first grade. I do let the children in my class now bring snacks, but I encourage them to bring fruit or veggies. Cookies we save for special occasions. Ginger cookies are my favorites, so I would have loved the days that you brought them! :)

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  35. Ginger cookies are such a treat for me, I adore them. Looks like a wonderful recipe.

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  36. I didn't have cookies everyday in kindergarten, but would have loved to!

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  37. Aww what a sweet memory. The cookies look and sound amazing. I've only had ginger cookies once before, but loved them. Thanks for participating in the YBR again :)

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