It’s a pretty well-known fact that I’m a nerd, and I totally okay with it.
I like to think I’m at least a cool nerd, but realistically, I’m just a nerd, especially when it comes to food. I read recipes for fun. I talk about things I want to try to make (why yes, I do want to make a turducken and roast an entire goat. No, I don’t usually eat meat. That totally makes sense.). I go on solo dates to grocery stores where I walk around looking at random ingredients and imagining what I can make with them.
That happened a few weeks ago when I was walking around my newest favorite grocery store, Sprouts. (Sorry, Wegmans I couldn’t handle the distance.)
I came across crystallized ginger, and my eyes lit up like Christmas. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that ginger is exciting, but honesty is the best policy so I’ll go with it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about ginger.
There’s something about crystallized ginger that makes me want to curl into my bed with a blanket, a cup of tea and a cookie. Specifically this cookie:
These cookies feel like fall. That seems to be a theme for me, recently. But it’s November, and my body seems to have forgotten what less than 60F feels like, so let’s embrace the ginger.
Throw it in everything. Start with these cookies.
Double Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
2 cups flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Pre-heat over to 350F.
Cream together butter, sugar, egg and molasses. Stir in crystallized ginger. Add in dry ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
The dough will be sorta dry, but will come together when you form it into balls. So don’t be discouraged or tempted to add more wet ingredients!
Place golf ball sized balls on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes or until just golden around the edges. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from baking sheet.
Once they’ve cooled enough, put some on a plate, make a cup of tea, get into bed and watch something totally nerdy, like Star Trek… or Twilight… At least this way nerdy is tasty.