Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month’s secret: Aunt Helen’s Gingersnaps.
This month my assigned blog was a very sweet one: Sweet as Sugar Cookies written by Lisa. Lucky her, she grew up in Hawaii and Lisa says this was a great way to be introduced to different cuisines. She started baking at a young age too. Now I have seen a lot of baking sites with tons of non-baking recipes. Not the case here: this is really mostly baking recipes. When I looked at the index there was a secti0n dedicated to ginger cookies. That was a first for me. And I LOVE ginger cookies so as much. So as the Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies , Pumpkin Chai Donut Muffins, and Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe were very appealing, I had to pick a ginger cookie.
I chose the Aunt Helen’s Gingersnaps recipe. And before you ask, no Lisa does not have an Aunt Helen. Apparently the recipe can be found in a book called “Fleece Navidad” where a character, Aunt Helen, makes these cookies. OK so if you look at Lisa’s cookies and mine you will see a huge difference. I did a booboo. I assumed it was baking powder but only realized once in the oven that the recipe called for baking soda. Oh well I just cooked a bit longer. A voluntary change was mixing up ground ginger and freshly ground ginger. They were just like delicious bear claws cookies.
Aunt Helen’s Gingersnaps
- 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 1 c. packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 c. molasses
- Heat oven to 350F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
- Mix flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl.
- Cream butter and brown sugar together in a medium bowl, mixing well. Add the egg, grated ginger and molasses, and mix until blended. Add in the flour mixture.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 15 min.
- Roll into 1 1/4-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake just until puffed and golden - anywhere from 15-20 min.Cool on a wire rack.
And just wanted to make a quick announcement. In 2 weeks I will be hosting the 3rd annual Cheap Ethnic Eatz Food Film Marathon. A day of food movies with food, how fun! Guests come and go during the marathon and the price of entry is a dish for the potluck. It is great fun. Check out for the follow up post soon.
The 2013 Paylbill
Les Émotifs Anonymes – What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired.
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle – An Asian-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.
Eat Drink Man Moman – A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.
Eating Raoul – A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.
Perfect timing! A young lady brought in a bag of freshly backed ginger snaps today and I got to eat one. It was so good and now I’m craving a whole batch. I love the look of the batch you have here. Looks delicious!
I’m not a big fan of flat, crispy cookies, so I think yours look great! Can’t go wrong with ginger!
look fabulous and I bet they taste even better
This is such a great combination
Beautiful cookies. I love the bite of ginger in them!
These are my favourite cookies and your’s looks better than the store bought ones. So totally tempting!
one bite into these gingersnaps and there is so much warmth and bliss…loved the use of fresh ginger in these cookies and we are so going to try these treats out soon…will be making a king sized batch else every bit of it will get finished the same day,thanks 🙂
Who doesn’t like a yummy gingersnap cookie!
I love the sound of these spices! And hehe I always worry that I’ll mix up baking soda and baking powder! 😛
I love ginger, and always try to add to my cooking, but have not bake much with it…this cookies look great, now I just need a cup of tea to go with it.
Thanks for the recipe Evelyne and hope you are having a lovely week 😀
gingersnaps are so good…and a family recipe too! great choice for SRC!
I love ginger flavor in cookies and I love the fact that yours are puffy like buttons!
Tthey look fabulous and I bet they taste even better since there’s fresh ginger in them!
I love anything with Ginger in it, sweet or salty and these cookies
look so tempting and I’m sure they taste as good as they look 🙂
I have never tried ginger in my desserts or bakes. I actually need to muster courage to add it to mys sweet treats coz ginger to me simply spells ‘savory’! I guess you can’t help it when you are born an Indian 😉
Mmmm… I could go for some gingersnaps at work. The cookie jar at work is looking a touch empty.
I love, love, love ginger anything. I’ll have to give this recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.
I haven’t had Gingersnaps in ages. I will have to give these a try.
I’ve been semi-obsessed with ginger lately (been making ginger simple syrups and dousing it on everything, lol) these are a definite must try!
Gingersnaps are one of my all-time favorite cookies. Great pic! Love the double ginger going on here.
I love gingersnaps– these look great!
Always looking for another gingersnap recipe, one of my favorite cookies 🙂 Great SRC pick!!!
Sounds great with both dried and fresh ginger. Aunt Helen must be pleased!
BTW I tried to post a comment sometime ago, I was told I may be a spambot:)
I use ginger in food all the time, but actually haven’t used it for baking. I love the ginger taste and should try making these. Look delicious!
Yes, I do love ginger cookies, a LOT. I’m glad you were able to try these since they were one of my faves as well. I actually like how puffy yours came out. They must have been deliciously chewy.