Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sheila's Never Enough Ginger Cookies

Younger son left last Wednesday.  After two weeks of having both boys here, the house is much too quiet.  The guest rooms are back in order.  The mounds of dirty towels are clean, folded and lined up in the linen closet.  There's not as much pressure to keep the cookie jar filled.  Instead of porch chats with them, I'm spending time with Bill Bryson and his memoir "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid".  If you were a kid in the '50s, you'll like the book.  If you like his humor, you'll enjoy it no matter when you were a kid.  My book group will discuss it later this month.


I felt the need to bake something for Stefan to take back with him.  My friend, Sheila, gave me a tin of these cookies and the recipe several years ago.  When I asked about the name, she said it was because her family always complained that there were never enough of them.  I agree.


Sheila's Never Enough Ginger Cookies
(actually makes about 5 dozen)

2 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup each chopped pecans and crystalized ginger

Sift flour, spices and baking soda together.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat 3 minutes more.  Gradually add the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.  Stir in the pecans and crystalized ginger.

Drop cookie batter (about 1 tablespoon) onto GREASED cookie sheets spacing an inch and a half apart.

Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

NOTE:  Cookie batter can be refrigerated for up to a day before baking.  Bring to room temperature and proceed.

Enjoy!

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35 comments:

  1. Give me a glass of milk, a good book and some of these cookies and I will be all set for the night.

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  2. Bet those ginger cookies are GREAT, Bonnie... I used to love gingerbread --but haven't had it in years.

    I know you enjoyed having your boys at home... I wish I could spend some time with mine. Sigh!!!!!

    The book sounds interesting --especially since I grew up in the 50's....

    Have a great week ahead.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Bonnie...any dessert with Ginger calls to my senses...especially in the form of cookies ;o)

    Falvourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  4. Oh my, I know I'm going to love this recipe with all that crystallized ginger and pecans. Perfect with an ice cold glass of milk.

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  5. Love the way you wrapped them up to share! I'm sure they'd go fast at my house too.

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  6. Oh my! These would be perfect with a cup of hot apple cider!

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  7. Ginger cookies are one of my favorites! And you're right -- there are never enough! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wow! Sounds like the quintessential fall cookie! I'll definitely have to give these a try. Thanks!

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  9. I looooooove ginger cookies. And I think I'm the only person within a 20 mile radius that does. It's okay though, leaves more for me!

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  10. Isn't the house so empty when the kids all leave. I go crazy picking up and cooking when they are home but miss the fullness when they leave.

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  11. I want to reach right in and grab one!

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  12. Cute packaging on the delicous looking cookies. And I love the green plate. Oh, it is always fun to send our kids off with special treats, isn't it?

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. These look so good- we love ginger cookies, especially with the crystallized ginger. This recipe will definitely make it in my fall cookie line-up. They'd be great to send in cookie care packages for my boys that are away from home. So glad you got a chance to visit with yours!

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  14. I'm so were able to spend time with your boys! And these cookies look delicious. I just made some ginger spice cookies over the weekend, and I'm having a hard time staying away. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love how you bagged your cookies up. They really look special that way :)

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  16. now i am craving ginger bread, mother did not make ginger cookies but she did make ginger bread. these look delish. i buy ginger cookies once in a while but they would not begin to compare with these

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  17. Nothing says love like a batch of homemade cookies. Beautiful packaging!

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  18. Thanks for a lovely ginger cookie recipe. Can't wait.

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  19. Those look delicious and are perfect for our cooling Fall weather - love it! Thanks for the recipe.

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  20. Hi Bonnie! OH, I know your friend Sheila is just a doll. I can tell just by her name! :)
    Those cookies are so yummy looking and I love how you've packaged them!! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me and sorrow to disappoint you. I'll have to think of something steamy next time! :)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. Three please! They do look good Bonnie. I love that the recipe calls for crystallized ginger as well as nuts. These have gone on my "must try" list. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  22. Your cookies look fantastic! I have a jar of crystallized ginger in the cabinet but have never added it to cookies so this is a must try. Thanks for the recipe.

    I well remember the days when the boys took off and sending them with goodies. It sounds like a good book you're enjoying!

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  23. I can only imagine how good these must be with crystellized ginger in teh recipe. I think I'll have mine with a cup of tea.

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  24. These cookies sound and look amazing. It's hard to have a quiet house. Us Moms are always used to craziness and full houses.

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  25. These cookies sound and look amazing. It's hard to have a quiet house. Us Moms are always used to craziness and full houses.

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  26. I can understand why there would never be enough of those beauties, they just wouldn't last that long!
    A good cookie is a wonderful thing and they sound delicious!

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  27. Mmm, those cookies look SO good! It's very nice to meet you...you had left a comment on my blog, so I'm checking yours out too. I will be adding your blog to my list of faves. :-)

    Blessings,
    Melanie
    www.comfyhouse.blogspot.com

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  28. So prettily put together! I haven't had ginger cookies in years.
    Brenda

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  29. Oh, I love ginger cookies so much. Haven't made them in ages. Thanks for this delicious sounding recipe..milk, coffee, tea...these are gonna be good with anything.
    xo bj

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  30. Hi,
    thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!
    I was reading your blog and I love it!
    I will surely pop by often to read your lovely recipes and posts.
    Wish you all the best,
    Thanks again, you're welcome anytime!
    Annalisa

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  31. I love ginger. I love cookies. These ginger cookies look so good.

    In a recent post, I mentioned you, your blog, and one of your recipes. See for yourself:
    http://caffeinatedglobe.blogspot.com/2010/09/lunch-ideas-5-baked-fruit-dessert.html

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  32. I tend to be on the fence about ginger cookies but I love that these have crystallized ginger in them. I'm totally sold. I'm sorry your boys had to leave but at least you can know that you sent them off well-fed!

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  33. What a great Fall cookie- perfect for sharing.

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  34. I saw another recipe for ginger cookies recently but the sound of the crystallized ginger and pecans make this the first one I'll try!

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