Monday, March 29, 2010

Baking With Dorie: Gingered Carrot Cookies

My love for ginger is second only to my love for garlic. 

Which is why I picked Gingered Carrot Cookies for this weeks Baking With Dorie (BWD) Challenge. Dorie describes these cookies as "a delicious case of trying to make one thing and ending up with another." And that is exactly what they are: more cake-like than cookies; with a wonderfully chewy and soft texture. 

The recipe is really easy to put together. Susi warned me that unless I own a KitchenAid, my arm would get a real work out mixing the very thick dough this recipe yields, but I had no trouble at all: I used my hand mixer to blend the butter, sugars and egg with the dry ingredients and mixed in everything else with a spatula. The dough really is very thick, but was very soft and not at all dry which I had expected it to be.

My only complaint is: I was disappointed that the flavor of ground ginger didn't come through much stronger. After I tasted the first batch I had baked, I wanted to go back and add chopped candied ginger to the dough, but was actually too tired to do so. I made the cookie dough late last night & had already pre-scooped tablespoonfuls (dropped on a parchment-lined tray and then covered) for hassle-free baking early in the morning. It just seemed like too much work to go back and experiment with or 'correct' the dough. So I let it go this once but intend to try it with the candied ginger next time.

How I digress! On to the recipe: 

Gingered Carrot Cookies
From Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan (Page 162)

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1.5 sticks (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup moist, plump raisins (dark or golden)
1/2 coarsely chopped pecans, preferably toasted

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and nutmeg.

Working with a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars and beat for 2 minutes, then add the eggg and beat for another minute. 

Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in the vanilla. Continuing on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 2-3 batches. Beat only till they disappear into the mix. Don't overbeat to incorporate flour - you will end up with a very thick dough. Mix in the carrots, coconut, raisins and pecans.

Spoon the dough onto baking sheets in heaped tablespoonfuls, leaving an inch of space between them. 

Bake 16-18 minutes. The cookies will be light brown and just firm on top. Cool on wire rack. 

Makes approx. 30 (I got 40 because I didn't make very heaped tablespoonfuls).


[The next BWD challenge is Lots-of-ways-Banana-Cake, Page 204 & 205. If anyone is interested in joining us for the next challenge, please drop me an email at needfulthings at ymail dot com]


Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Looking good :o) I guess I'm just a wimp when it comes to stirring in ingredients by hand ;o) I like the pics, guess you found someplace in your house other than the kitchen to take them LOL

Needful Things said...

.. OR I'm really strong-armed ;-)

LOL - that kitchen is a sad, sad place. The good news is, they've agreed to let me paint everything white. It won't let any light in, but at least it will no longer look like a dungeon!

Shaheen said...

I am def bookmarking this recipe. I'm not a big cookie muncher, but one with carrots sounds good to me, plus I have some candied ginger. Do you think I can half the ingredient quantities, as 30 - 40 would be too much even for us. Otherwise, I'd be happy to share them.

Needful Things said...

Mangocheeks: I considered halving the recipe myself because it makes too many. However, I never know how to do so when a recipe requires 1 egg (I always wonder if adding the whole egg would compromise the texture somehow when the remaining ingredients are reduced) and so I didn't.

I kept around a dozen but shared the remaining ones with friends.

The candied ginger is optional - the other two ladies who made the recipe had no complaints about the quantity of ginger. I might not have either, but lately I've been addicted to a rare brand of ginger cookies I picked up at my local Safeway some time back & the moment you bite into them you get a jolt of ginger. My husband and kids won't touch them but I love having them, dunked in tea (chai). Which is why I anticipated a similar 'zing' from these cookies & want to try them with candied ginger.

Do try it out and let me know how they turn out.

Amanda said...

They look so interesting!!



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