Ina's Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies are one of my favorite cookies. They are a close second to my sugar cookies.

It's not officially fall at the Tucker household until a loaf of pumpkin bread and a batch of ginger cookies are made! When I was on my baking and cooking rampage a couple weekends ago, I made my first batch of ginger cookies for the season. My family's recipe never fails, but I've had Ina Garten's bookmarked for a while now.

I've seen Ina make these on her show before and they come out so puffy and pillowy (my kind of cookie).  The ingredients are pretty similar to my recipe with some adjustments in quanities. She also adds chopped crystalized ginger to give them and extra level of flavor.

Ina Garten's Ginger Cookies
yields about 18 cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup molasses
1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 ounces)
Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined.

Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Great minds think alike I guess because my sister is sharing a recipe today for some incredible pumpkin ginger cookies she made. Us Tucker's love our ginger cookies.