Saturday, December 11, 2010

Crystallized Ginger Spice Cookies

   Nose, nose, jolly red nose, Who gave thee this jolly red nose? Nutmegs and ginger, cinnamon and cloves, And they gave me this jolly red nose.

 I was invited to a holiday cookie exchange. I waded thru the hundreds of recipes I have and chose this one. Yes, another one I have been saving for years. I copied it from Bon Appetite when I was working at Touro Infirmary, in New Orleans.  I have not been back in over 15 years. I do not know the condition of this hospital - in the Garden District. :(  NOLA is one of my most favorite cities...........................reminiscing

This is thin, crisp cookie that packs some heat. HEAT MISER ... HEAT!

Perfect for the cold holidays. COLD MISER...COLD

 If you have never seen these two characters they are from my favorite Christmas special, "The Year Without a Santa Claus"

 Simple decoration
 1/2 powdered sugar

Crystallized Ginger  Spice Cookies 
Bon Appetite- Dec 1992
Makes about 35 cookies


1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup ( 1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves


Pre -Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or PAM spray large cookie sheet. 
 Dry ingredients-Sift flour, baking soda, salt in a medium  bowl.( reserve)
 Cream unsalted butter and sugar, and crystallized ginger, until light and fluffy with hand or mixer.
 To butter/sugars ADD corn syrup, egg white, and ground ginger, cinnamon , cloves- mix until blended.
 Add dry ingredients to and beat until clumps form. Dough should be smooth. Do not over beat.

Use a level  teaspoon to scoop dough. Shape into balls. Roll into white granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.   Dip bottom of glass into white sugar and press cookies flat.- @ 1 to 2 inches. Repeat until all dough is used. Bake until slightly browned. Cool . Decorate.

 silver dragée

no red nose, but a red plate



  1. Those look so yummy and crispy! I also love that Christmas show, and all the other old ones. I still watch them when they are on, I don't care how old I am!

  2. Just adore the simplicity and beauty of half icing dusted ginger spice cookies! Exquisite!!

  3. Thanks Connie and Kris! Connie of course if you press them thicker and bake them less, they will be softer-- but i know you already know this tid bit! SUPER GIRL!

  4. Yum, yum, yum, and yum! I think I'll bring these to my work holiday party. Thanks for the tip!

    Just for fun, I'll give you a link to another of my favorite culinary sites:

    Happy Holidays!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    LOL Kendall, if you ever come back to this site, I have already graduated from culinary school :)