I am excited to be a part of The Holiday Recipe Club Blog Hop that Erin at Big Fat Baker has been putting together. We were all given 3 flavors (peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread) for this round. Our job is to then make something using one of those 3 flavors. I had a hard time picking! I love chocolate and peppermint together this time of year. But, in the end I decided to go with Gingerbread. It is fairly new to me. I mean I have had a Ginger Snap before, and a Gingerbread Man Cookie, but I have never baked it myself. It is a very classic Christmas flavor to me, just not something I crave. That was until I saw this recipe by Hanging on by a Needle and Thread. I knew immediately I had to make these!
I had to make adjustments for the altitude, so I was nervous how they would turn out. But they were thick and chewy, exactly how I like my cookies! I may have figured out this high altitude baking thing. I say that, and the next thing I bake is not going to turn out! That, and I haven’t tried cake yet, I hear that is the hardest to get to turn out! Note that my altitude adjustments are in parenthesis in the recipe below.
These cookies are full of the gingerbread flavor with plenty of sweetness from the white chocolate chips. Perfect to leave out for Santa!
White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
From Hanging on by a Needle and Thread
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (minus 1 Tbls)
1 egg (plus 1 egg)
1/3 cups molasses
3 cups flour (plus 3 Tbls)
2 tsp baking soda (minus 1/4 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 ground cloves
1 package white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, mix shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses until creamy. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves until mixture is well blended. By hand, stir in white chocolate chips.
Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Note: If baking at above 3500 feet, you can follow the adjustments in parenthesis.