Saturday, December 7, 2013

12 Days of Cookies "Apple Cider Ginger Cookies" Day 6

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday of the year,

for a myriad of reasons.

One of those is my annual "Gal Pals ONLY Christmas Party".
Last year's was a resounding success,
(NOTE: No, mySamuelson was not in attendance- remember, NO testosterone! ;)  This pic was taken at the end of the night- minus a few who had to leave early- just in time for him to photo bomb after returning from a movie with Dad.)
with a whole lotta smiles
and  much laughter.

Per the party's tradition, attire was casual.

 And the Ornament Exchange a barrel of fun.
You know what, though?
Somehow nobody got a picture of the spread of cookies from our Cookie Exchange!! 
Than again, they didn't grace the table all that long. ;)
With being such a pretty cookie, as well as one of mine and mySamuelson's faves, it demands its turn in the spotlight.  
Apple Cider Ginger Cookies
                        2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour           
                        ¾ t salt               
                        1 T ground ginger
                        2 t baking soda                                 
                        1 t cinnamon       
                        1 t ground allspice
                        1 t ground cloves                            
                        1 large egg          
                        1 t vanilla extract
                        1/3 cup apple butter                                                    
                        1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
                        12 T (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature      
                        In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger,
                        allspice, and cloves; set aside.  Using an electric mixer, cream butter and
                        brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 min.  Add egg, vanilla, and
                        apple butter and mix until just combined.  Stir in the flour mixture in two
                        batches, beating each addition on low speed until just incorporated; cover
                        and refrigerate dough for 1 hr.
                        Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line 2 baking sheets with
                        parchment.  Form chilled dough into 2-tablespoon-size balls (you can use
                        a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop), then roll in the red sugar to coat.  Place balls on
                        prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake until lightly browned around
                        the edges, 10-12 min.  Cool on the baking sheet for 5 min; transfer to a
                        wire rack to cool completely.  Store at room temperature up to 1 week.
                        Yields: 3 1/2 dozen 

1 comment:

  1. YES!!!! THIS WAS FUN! I like the goofy photo you have of me. Funny!! and I loved these cookies so much!!!! xoxo


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