April 5, 2011

slam dunk cookies

My office has Tasty Tuesdays — basically, The Day of the Week on Which We Gorge on Pastries. For this loveliest and tastiest of Tuesdays, I baked gingersnaps. Usually I prefer these guys to be chewy, but I've recently grown fond of dipping the crispy ones into hot beverages: coffee, tea, yerba mate, or even plain ol' hot water (sounds odd, but it's good). Like biscotti, these gingersnaps are good on their own, but get even better after a dip in the hot beverage tub. Besides, dunking is fun, and it's not just reserved for sweets. Apparently, people even soak buttered rolls into coffee! I'd like to try that sometime.
"It was empty save for an old gentleman who picked his teeth with great facial contortions and another gentleman who soaked his buttered rolls in his coffee, to Henry's fascinated pleasure, and then disposed of them in the little interval between his nose and chin. Henry did not wish to leave, but his father wanted his daily walk on the beach and thus he had to abandon his delight in observing the eating habits of the French."
The Master, Colm Toibin

Dunkable Gingersnaps
Makes 24; adapted from allrecipes

2/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar + more for dipping, later
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350° F. Whisk together the oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the molasses.

Mix the flour, baking soda, and spices together in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients. Combine into a uniform dough. Pour about 1/3 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt into a shallow bowl or plate. Shape the dough into approximately two dozen tablespoon-size balls, and roll each into the sugar/salt mixture. Place the balls a few inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. No need to flatten the balls -- they should flatten into discs while baking.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops crack. Remove them from the cookie sheet and cool on a plate or rack. The cookies will appear deceivingly soft when they first come out of the oven, but in mere minutes they will harden into "snaps" that are perfect for dipping.


B said...

I had just finished reading this flavor wire post right before I came to visit your blog, where they detail the top ten memoirs from chefs. http://flavorwire.com/166498/cooking-tales-10-delicious-memoirs-from-chefs#more-166498

Food + books - I like it!

Kat Han said...

cold slice of sara lee pound cake dunked into hot coffee = best ever