Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chocolate Ginger Snowballs


You know how I love a good cookie.......
So I couldn't help but join in Jessi's Cookie Exchange again this year.
Last year was so much fun!
These cookies are a hit with everyone,
especially with the little zing they give you.



I receive the Rachel Ray magazine each month, which isn't too bad. I exactly enjoy trying out the recipes, and looking in celebrity fridges, which she has in the back of each issue. She combines a chocolate crinkle cookie with ginger, which gives it a little zing. Then I put my 2 cents in, by not using the unsweetened chocolate squares, which I never have on hand, and I just combine the cocoa powder with butter after it has melted to make a thick paste.


After you have mixed all ingredients, the dough will be sticky. I put it in the fridge over night then scoop and ball it the next day. After rolling it into a ball, I roll it in granulated then powdered sugar, so that it will stick better after baking. It will also make them a little crinkly crunchy....


INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar for rolling

DIRECTIONS
**Sift together the flour ,baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 c. cocoa and ginger; set aside.

**In a medium bowl, stir 1/3 c. cocoa powder into melted butter until melted and smooth.

**Mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.

**Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.

**Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.


**Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.


**Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and roll each ball in granulated sugar then, confectioners' sugar.


**Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.


**Bake for 9 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are cracked. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

11 Others Say::

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey cutie,

yummo!!
these look fabulous.
your blog looks so festive too,
have fun hopping around cookieland.
xooxox,
Jessi

Anonymous said...

Hey chickadee! Love chocolate cookies! yummy! Hoep your having fun with the cookie party! hugs

toodles-
Sarah

Lindalou said...

They look so yummy!

Valerie said...

These look so good and they have a crunchy type texture - yum!

Thanks for sharing recipe.

Also saw your fantastic teen room makeover post - gorgeous.

mendytexas said...

Love chocolate cookies, and those are just beautiful!! Have fun at the cookie party today! :)mendy

Ginger said...

Your cookies look so delicious I will try them. Thanks for stopping by and see my Date cookies.

Ginger

Stephanie O. said...

I love adding the ginger to these cookie. Bet they taste super...

Jane said...

I'm going to try these! We make Molasses Crinkles all the time so this will be a little different.
Jane - Jacksonville

KayEllen said...

Wow these sound heavenly!!

Can't wait to try them :)

Christmas blessings to you!

Smiles,
kayellen

Anonymous said...

I love anything with Ginger in it, don't you ?? These sound Yum!! Happy Holidays, Nessy

Nicki said...

Those look so delicious! Can't wait to try these out! Thanks for sharing!!