When I think of Gingersnaps, I automatically think of Molasses. So, imagine my surprise when I start seeing my fellow Alpha Baker's cookies and they were all a light golden brown. It puzzled me until I read the recipe and discovered that we'd be using two special ingredients: Golden Baker's Sugar instead of brown sugar and Golden Syrup instead of molasses. I have to admit that I had no earthly idea what Golden Baker's Sugar was. What did we ever do without Google?! I can't help but wonder why I don't know about this sugar?? Two years of Pastry school and not once did we cover this. Was I absent that day?? Rose provided an alternate means to achieve the same result, but I was fortunate enough to find it in the local grocery store.
Making the cookies was quite straightforward except for melting the butter instead of creaming it like most recipes. Proper temperature of the ingredients was also key to keeping the cookies from spreading and obtaining the lovely cracked texture on top. Chilling the dough before baking is key.
I put these cookies to the test with the picky guys in my family. The light color threw them a little off, so I didn't fess up to the ginger part and just offered a "nice warm cookie." Had I mentioned Ginger, which sounds like something healthy and ominous, they would have kindly refused. My 7 year old always says "nah, I'm not hungry right now Mom, maybe later, I promise!" What kid isn't hungry when offered a cookie?!! Good grief, once again I'm that Mom forcing cookies on my child! ;)
7 year old: "Thumbs up Mom, but something in them made my mouth feel on fire." (The cookies weren't temperature hot). Quite discerning for such a young pallet. I'm impressed!
Husband: Yum! do these have Ginger in them? I like that they don't have other spices.
I find the cookies subtle, but good. My mind does a little mental gymnastics trying to reconcile the taste with the name though...I keep expecting the molasses and snap!
As always, we're not allowed to share the recipes, but if you'd like to read more about our baking adventures with The Baking Bible, go here.