>> Monday, December 12, 2011
This year makes the First Annual Great Cookie Blog Swap, and I’m proud to say I joined in. Usually I stay away from these types of events. Not because I don’t want to, but when it comes to mailing packages, it can become a hassle (and a little pricey). I want to get more involved in the food community, so I decided to sign up and see what happens.
The recipe I chose was Maple Gingersnaps. Originally, I wanted to send Chocolate Gingersnaps, but because I blogged about them last year, it was encouraged to post a new recipe. One evening I was flipping through one of my million cookie cookbooks when bam Maple Gingersnaps popped out. Instead of molasses, it used maple syrup. Chill the dough, roll in cinnamon and sugar, bake, eat (or mail). Side note – maple syrup smells so much better than molasses. Never smell molasses. I made this recipe twice. The second time I ran out of maple syrup, so I did half maple, half honey. I figured using half molasses would clash with the maple (and maybe make it an ugly color).
The first dozen cookies I got was from Molly of Duchess of Fork. She sent me Snickerdoodle Biscoff Blondies. If you are a snickerdoodle fan (me!), then these are perfect for you (and me). Since I don’t live with anyone or have family nearby, I took most of them to work so I didn’t eat a whole dozen myself. The coworkers kept raving about them. They even got more attention than the peanut butter nutella crinkles I put next to them. Great job, Molly! And thanks :D
The second dozen cookies I got was from Lindsey herself of Love and Olive Oil (one of the event co-hosts). She sent me Chocolate Malted Sammies. Oh. My. They tasted like Oreos (except with a little more love ;) ). I already ate about four of them :X I took the rest into work so I don’t end up gaining 10 pounds. Thank you, Lindsey! :D
A special thank you to Lindsey from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen for coordinating this huge event! It even made the newspaper. The sign up had over 600 participants, so think about all those cookies being mailed! Can’t wait to hear the final count (silly people can’t keep commitments) and see everyone’s recipes.
Now for the Maple Gingersnap recipe!
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Beat together 3/4 cup sugar, shortening, maple syrup, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cookie sheets. In a small bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 2-inch balls; roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake 7-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool a few minutes before removing to cooling racks.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Source: Pillsbury Cookies, Bars, Brownies 1994, page 11