White Chocolate Gingersnaps
My disdain for improperly used white chocolate is, I think, pretty well known, so one of my favorite holiday cookies might surprise you! It's one of the cookies in my Charm City Cakes Christmas cookie tins this year. It's a chewy-centered gingersnap cookie drizzled with white chocolate and chopped candied ginger. What's wonderful about these cookies is that you get a crackly texture from the candied ginger and the outside of the cookie as well as a soft, mushy texture from the inside of the cookie. You also get a sweet creaminess from the white chocolate that tempers the sharpness of the ginger. My philosophy is, when you use ginger, use it!
- Serves: 60 persons
- 3cups white sugar, divided, or as needed
- 1½ cups canola oil
- ½cup molasses
- 1pinch kosher salt
- 4cups all-purpose flour
- 4teaspoons baking soda
- 3teaspoons ground ginger
- 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1(11 ounce) package white chocolate chips
- 1cup chopped crystallized ginger
Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2Cream 2 cups sugar, oil, molasses, and salt together in a bowl.
Step 3Whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon together in a separate bowl and mix into the creamed mixture. Scrape the bowl during the process and try not to overmix.
Step 4Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll the balls in remaining sugar.
Step 5Bake in the preheated oven until edges are set and golden, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the cookies halfway through the process so they don't bake unevenly. It's really important not to overbake so the middles stay mushy. Immediately remove the parchment paper from the cookie sheet so the cookies stop baking, and after 2 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 6Place white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Drizzle cookies with white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with chopped candied ginger. You want the still-liquid chocolate to grab the candied ginger.