Another great ginger cookie recipe. I found this a long time ago in an article about all-time best cookies (this one was submitted by a cookie-making all-star named Andrea Gordon.)
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 2 3⁄4 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour, plus
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- extra flour, for shaping (Andrea Gordon(she won!)
- Set the oven at 325 degrees.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
- In an electric mixer, cream the butter with the 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar.
- When the mixture is smooth, beat in the egg, lemon rind, and vanilla.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt.
- With the mixer set on its lowest speed, add the dry ingredients to the batter.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until well chilled.
- With floured hands, using heaping teaspoons of the dough to form balls, roll them until smooth.
- Arrange them 2-inches apart on the baking sheets.
- Put the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl.
- Dip the bottom of a glass first in cold water, then in sugar and press the balls to flatten them to a 1/3-inch thickness.
- Bake the cookies for 18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool on wire racks.
- Store in an airtight container.
These are the best Cookies! I've made them twice this week! I listened to the other reviews and I did add much more lemon zest and ginger than it called for. I used the zest of 2 lemons, and I used 3 tsp. of Ginger. Also, instead of dipping the glass in water, I dipped it in the lemon juice of one of the lemons and then the sugar. It really made all the difference!
Delicious and flavorful cookies. I put in extra lemon rind and ginger for added flavor. For the one cup of flour, made 1/3 of it whole wheat flour. Came out great! Will definately make them again.
These cookies were flavorful, but seemed to be missing something. If I make them again I will put in more ginger and more lemon. Thanks for sharing.