You might remember Kevin as the guy I spent hours decorating turtle sugar cookies for over the summer, for his last day of work at the lab before he went to graduate school. I, however, remember him as the bearded guy who is a better baker than I am.
On my very first day of work I was offered a delicious cookie, and I was shocked when they told me the nerd wearing the Doctor Who shirt had baked them. “Boys can bake?” I remember thinking to myself as I brought the cookie into the lab (big no-no). I remember also thinking, “that’s a sweet shirt.”
And then there was the time I brought in brownies to impress my boss, on the same day that he brought oreos baked into chocolate chip cookies. I was clearly out of my league.
My only choice was to entice him into my kitchen and steal his magic recipes!
Since Christmas is just a few days away, I figured I’d post his incredible ginger cookies, for you to share with Santa.
Kevin’s world famous ginger cookie recipe!
You will need:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cups shortening
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 3/4 cup coarse sugar or granulated sugar
Combine the shortening and butter until well mixed. Beat in the eggs, and pour in the molasses. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well (by hand or with a mixer).
Shape dough into small balls (or larger, if you want bigger cookies), and roll each ball in sugar. Then place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until the outside is a little crunchy but the inside is still chewy.
These cookies are seriously phenomenal. Whenever he brought them into work everyone went nuts, and now he has graciously passed the torch to me so that I can fatten up my coworkers.
I suppose I could keep the recipe a secret so that they become reliant on me for these deliciously addicting cookies. Maybe I could work out a bartering system where they trade me post-its and printer toner for their daily fix!
But seeing as how I already spent five minutes typing out the recipe, I’ll cut them some slack.
Why are you still reading this? Go whip up some spicy cookies!