We've had a little snow, thankfully not much - but chilly, and perfect walking weather, which I manage to fit in in between work and reading. Let's hope I feel a little more inspired next week.
As I said, I keep some of this dough in the fridge, ready to be rolled out at a minute's notice. It rarely lasts more than a week: because I know it's there, I'll bake up some cookies for the neighbors or the grandchildren , and sometimes bake a batch and stick them in the freezer, because I know there are days when I suddenly want one - just one.
The recipe is from Craig Claiborne, from the New York Times cookbook, and the cookies are delightfully spicy and soft, but firm enough for mailing.
Line two baking sheets with foil or parchment.
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 large egg
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and spices.
Add the egg and mix, then add the molasses. Sift the flour, soda, and baking powder together, then add to the molasses mixture and mix until completely blended.
Pat the dough into an oval, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Roll out half the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out shapes as you wish, placing the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven, for 10 minutes. If your cookies are very thin, they will obviously need less time.
Let cool a few minutes, then use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack.
Let the baking begin!