In the winter we all seem to have weeks when our throat is just a little scratchy. The tea lover in me always advocates drinking copious quantities of tea with lemon and honey as the answer to any throat dilemma. Amazingly, these cookies actually have a similarly soothing affect. The lemon and ginger are both helpful when winter colds threaten, add a nice hot cup of tea and you are well on your way to a much healthier and tasty winter.
Big Lemon Ginger Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, diced 1/8 inch (see NOTE)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Additional granulated sugar for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
- Whisk together; flour, dry ginger, baking soda, salt and crystallized ginger. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium using paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl twice.
- Add beaten egg and mix to incorporate.
- Add lemon zest and mix to incorporate.
- With the mixer on medium low speed, gradually add flour mixing only till combined.
- Using a small scoop or two spoons, drop about 1/2 tablespoon dough on prepared baking sheets. Space cookies about 3 inches apart.
- Bake at 350F for 7 minutes and removing only one sheet at a time, sprinkle cookies with granulated sugar, rotate sheet and return to oven for an additional 7 minutes or till golden. Repeat with second sheet.
- Slide parchment with cookies onto a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Cookies should be stored at room temperature in an air tight container.
NOTE: to chop crystallized ginger use the additional 2 tablespoons sugar on cutting board to help keep ginger in separate pieces. Be sure to add sugar used for cutting ginger into the batter.