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Glazed Ginger Spice Cookie Recipe

Glazed Ginger Spice Cookie Recipe

In Life:

I’m going to be honest here. I’m pretty sad to see summer go this weekend. I do take solace in the fact that 1) summer doesn’t *officially* end until September 21st and 2) summer in New Orleans ends in like October or so. But it’s the whole “back to school” thing. Even though I don’t deal with school schedules (thank mercy!) I still enjoy the lazy, carefree vibe of the summer. I sure do enjoy the morning and afternoon commute traffic, too!

But when I really look at it, I’m getting excited about fall. For one, NFL is back on, albeit the pre-season games. I still just like seeing the teams suited up and getting back into that football mind-set. September is also crucial in MLB. Spots in the divisions are shored up, and the play-offs start shaping up. I have a feeling it’ll be down to the wire in some divisions (as is typical). Although I’m not a rabid “sports fan,” I do love my New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Cardinals, in case you didn’t know!

Then we have the whole changing of the seasons. Here in New Orleans we have to wait until October to get really nice, mostly consistent fall weather. October is truly the most lovely month of the year here. It’s why we live here – people tell you it’s because of Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest or perhaps our laissez-faire attitude towards drinking, but it’s really October. So nice, so pleasant. And we sure do deserve it after the 6 month summer we endure before it.

Wait a minute, this looks like I’m waxing nostalgic for fall. So maybe I’m not as broken up about the summer as I thought? 😉 What about you? How do you feel about the “summer season” coming to a close? Ready for fall?

In Cooking:

To celebrate the impending arrival of the fall season, I decided to do a cookie recipe for you today. Yes, I turned on my oven in August. No, I’m not crazy! I just turned down the AC a few degrees to compensate. Ah, modern technology. But back to the cookies – oh these cookies are special. They’re a glazed ginger spice cookie recipe. It’s an Addie original, inspire by a tub of candied ginger sent to me by my friends over at Paradise Fruit Co.

Glazed Ginger Spice Cookie Recipe

Earlier this summer, I was contacted by someone from Paradise Fruit Co to try out one of their products. Paradise’s main product lines are the candied fruits you see in fruit cakes, etc. Which are tasty, I admit. But when I checked out the ingredient lists, nearly all of their products contain high fructose corn syrup, which is a product we do not use in the Culicurious kitchen. BUT I did notice that their candied ginger was made with real sugar, so I decided to give that a whirl.

Paradise Fruit Co's Candied Ginger Tub

I’m not a huge sweets-eater, you can easily tell that by perusing this blog for a couple of minutes. But one thing I really do like is cookies. Preferably one that’s got little to no chocolate in it. I like fruit and/or spices in my cookies. And thus was my inspiration for these cookies. The spices you see below work together to create the delicate and nuanced flavors that come together to form this cookie.

Spices used for the Spice Cookie Flavoring

Finally, the glaze for this cookie was actually an after-thought. Once I baked them they looked very monochromatic so I decided what we needed was some icing – a vanilla glaze, in fact. And I just love doing the whole “messy” glaze thing all over my cookies. I much prefer that look over the flat, dressed glazed that I used last winter on my glazed Meyer lemon cookies.

Glazed Ginger Spice Cookie Recipe

Anyway, I hope you like these cookies! I had friends over last weekend and they helped me finish the batch I made. Thankfully because one thing I don’t need is lots of cookies in this house! Soooooo tempting!!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Glazed Ginger Spice Cookie Recipe

This spice cookie recipe is packed with candied ginger and then finished with a vanilla glaze. So easy to make!

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-4 ounce container of Paradise candied ginger, cut into small pieces (reserve 2 tablespoons of cut up ginger for top of cookies)

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Cookies:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and nutmeg in small bowl.  Stir with a dry whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer as needed to scrape down the sides to ensure even and full mixing.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  5. With the mixer on a fairly low setting, gradually add in the flour mixture. Once incorporated, add the ginger and mix just enough to combine. Be sure to keep two tablespoons aside for sprinkling onto cookies.
  6. Use a one-ounce scoop to measure out cookie dough. Place onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Only place 12 cookies per batch. Sprinkle just a few pieces of candied ginger atop each cookie before baking.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Pull from oven and cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Bake off all cookies before starting on the glaze.

Glaze:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Use a small spoon to drizzle glaze over completely cooled cookies.
  3. Allow cookies to stand for 30-45 minutes so glaze can dry completely.
  4. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

30 minutes is built into "total time" to account for the time the glaze needs to dry.

If needed, feel free to substitute another brand of candied ginger.

Glaze recipe based on this recipe.

Prep:25 min

Cook:30 min

Total:1 hour 25 min

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Disclosure: Paradise Fruit Co. provided me two sample containers of their candied ginger for me to try. All opinions expressed in this post are sincere and my own.

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