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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

lock-out bake-off

OK, Workerbee, I've risen to the challenge. You dropped the gauntlet (or was that an oven-mitt?) and I've picked it up.

This is not easy, given that I'm a very intuitive cook and rarely use recipes. Thankfully, friends liked these enough that they asked me to write this one down.

These cookies never fail. They are studded with intense bursts of candied ginger, the applesauce keeps them chewy and the sugar on the outside makes a nice little crunch. The batch makes about 40 cookies - easier for sharing with your buddies on the line than 12 muffins.


Blend together:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil

When smooth, add:

1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind
1 tablespoon grated ginger root
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour above into a well in the middle of these sifted ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Stir in:

3/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger

The dough will be stiff. Chill for a few hours.

Scoop the dough, one teaspoon at a time, and roll each scoop into a ball shape between your hands (you may want to flour your hands - keep the dough cool while working if possible). Toss the ball around in a little bowl of sugar to coat. Place on a lightly greased pan, flatten slightly with a fork, or even better, the bottom of a plastic spool of thread (it'll look like a flower). Bake for about 15 minutes in a 350F oven.

Cool on racks...serve with the beverage of your choice (I'm partial to a dram of Ardbeg and some tea, myself).


At 2:58 PM, Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Thanks Philly! I'll link to you this evening... and try the recipe asap. :-)


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