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Birthday Dinner, Part XII and Soft Gingersnap Cookies

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It’s always a challenge to make a good thing better. Sometimes you have to go way out on a limb and take a chance. Sometimes you have to try something new and different. Sometimes you have to make several attempts before it finally works out.

Now soft gingersnap cookies–that’s taking a good thing and making it better. Nothing against the hard “snapping” gingersnaps. We’ve all had plenty of them–fresh out of the box or Grandma’s cookie jar (the one with the screw-on lid that was always so difficult to get off, especially without Grandma hearing!). But let’s face it–a cookie that snaps back at you when you bite it is not ideal, at least not if you want to keep your full set of teeth (maybe that’s why Grandma didn’t have all her teeth). So a soft gingersnap should be a big improvement. Give this recipe a try to see what you think.

Zach and Becca have tried to take a good thing and make it better. Their relationship was already strong before Jonah, but now it is even stronger. Trouble is, there’s a price to pay for their efforts at improving Jonah’s life and their own. And that price comes due in Birthday Dinner, Part XII.

soft gingersnaps

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

6 Tablespoons shortening

1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling

1 egg white

2 Tablespoons molasses

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a bowl with granulated sugar in it ready for the cookie dough to be rolled in.

In a mixing bowl, add the shortening and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Beat ingredients together until fluffy, or about two minutes. Add the egg white and molasses and mix all of the ingredients together. Add the flour, cornstarch, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda and blend until dry ingredients are incorporated.

gingersnap cookie dough

Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in the bowl with granulated sugar, making sure to evenly coat the cookie dough with sugar. Place the cookie dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are just set. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

About 12 cookies.

soft gingersnaps

{Adapted from Dessert For Two}

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part XII, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part XII, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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