Saturday, July 15, 2006

Orange Ginger Cookies

orange ginger cookies glass

Ginger cookies are usually associated with the holidays, but this is not that kind of ginger cookie. This is actually an orange sugar cookie with just a hint of ginger spice and studded with tiny chunks of Australian crystallized ginger. I was inspired to combine the two flavors after sipping the orange ginger cooler from Park Chow, a cheap eats favorite in the Inner Sunset. These simple, refreshing cookies are sugary and slightly crisp on the outside with a chewier center.

Orange Ginger Cookies
(makes 3 dozen)

4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
1 large egg, at room temp.
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
additional granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the orange zest and beat for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and beat for another 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of bowl.

On low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the crystallized ginger.

Form 1 inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden around the edges.

lime ginger cookies plate
lime & ginger are yummy too


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love the way those cookies look; darn good and appetizing! Your photos are very nice...

Anonymous said...

They look perfect. Not too thin and crispy, but thick and chewy instead. I love the flavor combinations. When it's cool enough to turn on the oven, I'll be trying these.

jenjen said...

I love anything with zest! And big chewy cookies are my favourite, these look incredible.

brian said...

Those looks delicious and the flavor combination sounds super interesting. I like the idea of an orange flavor in cookies. The recipe is begging to be doubled (only 1 stick of butter!?) Is the ginger flavor subtle or spicy? I make an apple crisp with nutmeg and orange zest, and the orange really counters the nutmeg, so I;m curious what it does here. Send some down the peninsula, please!

Mary said...

Brian - Because this cookie has ground ginger as well as chunks of crystallized ginger, I would say the ginger is not subtle but not so strong that it overwhelms the orange zest.