Ginger-Spiced Snickerdoodles

I bake with a friend every Christmas and last year she brought the dough for these Ginger-Spiced Snickerdoodles.  I was a little skeptical at first because Snickerdoodles aren’t one of my favorite cookies.  However, I completely love these and they are becoming a Christmas staple.  In fact, I love these cookies to the point of rationing and hoarding when the supply is getting low!  The light ginger and molasses flavor combined with the cinnamon and cream of tarter flavor of traditional Snickerdoodles is perfect.  Visually, these are very appealing cookies as well.  Using sparkling sanding sugar to roll them in before baking really dresses them up for the holidays.

Ginger-Spiced Snickerdoodles
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 42
Light ginger and cinnamon cookies rolled in sparkling sugar.
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sparkling decorating sugar, available at baking-supply stores
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt with wooden spoon until blended.
  2. In a large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in molasses, vanilla and egg. At low speed, gradually add flour mixture and beat just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl.
  3. Working in batches, use your hands to shape rounded tablespoons of dough into 11/2-inch balls. Roll balls in sparkling sugar to coat and place on a large ungreased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake until lightly golden and crinkly on top, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet on wire rack 1 minute, then transfer cookies to rack to cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough and sparkling sugar.

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