Three Ginger Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 large egg

2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

l/2 teaspoon salt

l 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

In large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.  Beat in molasses, then egg.

Sift together flour, ground ginger, baking soda and salt.  Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture with a wooden spoon until blended.  Add fresh and crystallized gingers; stir until well mixed. Cover dough and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Shape dough into one inch balls and place about two inches apart on greased baking sheets. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies.

22 Dec 2000