Happy Autumn, everyone! This is my most, most favorite time of the whole entire year. Once our temperatures (and the dang humidity) here in Atlanta finally drop, I will be a complete spazz and constantly yapping about Fall and the Holidays and on and on. You've been forewarned :) Really tho, I couldn't think of a better, easier way to dip my toes into Fall than by whipping up these Gingersnaps.
A couple of things:
Baking cookies nearly always follows a few-step process. For those who are freaked about baking cookies from scratch or just plain find it frustrating, I'm hoping to help. Consider me your Cookie Coach. Ask and you shall receive..answers, that is :) I realized as I was typing this, that I have lots more to say about cookies and baking, but I'm saving the other stuff for another post. Being overwhelming with info is never a good thing. Anyway, I included photos of each step so that you can see what it will look like as it goes together. If you have questions, definitely ask, okey doke?
Thing 2: I'm still trying to cope with baking in a place with massive humidity. I was spoiled having spent all my years in climates with dry summers, whew. So, to me, these cookies turned out flat. It's my same recipe I've been using for 10 years, but they normally turn out a little taller. I've had similar experience with my trusty chocolate chip cookie recipe. If any of you seasoned Southern bakers has advice, pleeeeease share it with
Stomp a few crispy leaves for me,
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Cream the sugar and the fat.
(Crisco here, butter other times)
Add the egg and any remaining wet ingredients.
(Molasses here, vanilla other times)
Mix in the dry ingredients, 1/3 at a time.
It may look dry and thick, but fear not!
A cookie scoop ensures evenly sized cookies.
Plus, it's just easier than the 2 spoon method.
I swear by Airbake style, insulated cookie sheets.
(My favorite cookie sheet is my warped and thoroughly beat up one.)
Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through baking.
Most ovens cook hotter in the back than the front, so
we're evening out the cooking and browning.
If you're feeling particularly indulgent, press a
Dove Promise into each cookie.