Gingerbread Nests

I relented to the peer pressure of the blogosphere and baked a batch of Christmas cookies.  These are the softest, chewiest gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted, and they are really delicious (just ask my co-workers!).  If you want my permission, I see no problem with eating four at a time.  I would highly recommend you include these on your plate of treats that you leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, he will probably give you a little extra somethin’ for doing so.

Wishing you all a merry and bright holiday filled with joy, a new year of peace, and more smiles than tears in 2012.

Gingerbread Nests
source: Peabody

3 c all-purpose flour
2 t ground ginger
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t baking soda
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t salt
3/4 c unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c molasses
1 egg
1/4 c sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1 c white chocolate chips

  • Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl.  Set aside.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add molasses, egg and vanilla; beat well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  • Form dough into a thick flat disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape cold dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to brown. Immediately press about 5-6 white chocolate chips into center of each cookie. Cool on wire racks.

makes about 4 dozen
calories: about 100 per cookie

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2 Responses to Gingerbread Nests

  1. Carrie says:

    These are pretty similar to my ginger cookies, but I *never* thought to add white chocolate chips. Next year!

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