This time of year is my favorite time of year! I love the sights, the sounds and the TASTES of the season! My co-workers and I have just decided to have a cookie exchange. A cookie exchange is when a group of people get together and bake a dozen cookie for ever member in the group. This is an amazing idea because not only do you only have to be good at ONE cookie recipe, but you get to try new and different recipes too. It’s very important to either assign cookies or get a list of the cookies that each person is going to makes so that you don’t end up with 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies! As per usual, I have been ask to make my famous “EPICURE Gingerbread ‘Crackle’ cookies”. These cookies I began baking over 4 years ago. Some people say they taste like old fashion molasses cookies and some people say they taste like moist gingerbread cookies. I just say they remind me of Christmas!
* 2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose flour
* 2 tsp (10 ml) baking soda
* 2 tsp (10 ml) Epicure’s Gingerbread Spices
* 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) salt
* 3/4 cup (180 ml) shortening
* 1/2 cup (125 ml) firmly packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup (125 ml) white sugar for baking
* 1/4 cup (60 ml) white sugar for rolling
* 1 egg
* 3 Tbsp (45 ml) molasses
* 2 tsp (10 ml) Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
2. Whisk first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
3. In a second bowl, cream shortening with brown sugar and 1/2 cup (125 ml) white sugar.
4. Stir in egg, molasses and Vanilla Extract.
5. Gradually add dry ingredients, beating well after each addition.
6. Place remaining white sugar in a shallow bowl. Form cookies by rolling into 1” (2.5 cm) balls; roll in sugar and place 2” (5 cm) apart on Epicure’s Baking Sheet lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies ‘crackle’ on top. Cool before storing.
A couple of tips for PERFECTING these cookies!
1. MUST have Christmas music playing!
2. A glass of wine is optional
3. Make sure the molasses is at room temperature. If not it will come of the spoon “as slow as molasses” 😉
4. If you don’t have access to Epicure spices you can substitute 2 tsp ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon.
5. Add lots of sugar on top! It gives them a pretty sparkle!
This and other great recipes can be found on Epicure’s website!
Once the cookies are baked now its time to put your love into the cookies. Usually you pick a nice bag, tin or basket and wrap the cookies in an attractive manner. Always attached is a recipe card so that your friends can recreate the magic whenever they want!
Enjoy your cookie exchange at a luncheon, sample party or Christmas party!