Sunday, December 9, 2012

ABC - Ginger Crackles

This is a somewhat bittersweet post. This month's Ginger Crackles recipe is the last recipe from The Weekend Baker for the ABC bakers. Many ABC bakers have expressed great joy in baking from this book and will continue do so outside of our group. I can't agree with them more and am looking forward to baking new recipes from The Weekend Baker as well as re-bake some of my favorite recipes.

Yummy Ginger Crackles!

These simple looking cookies are packed with flavor from the molasses, ginger and other spices.

Announcement: the ABC bakers will be baking from in 2013. If you'd like to join us, please email me at HanaasKitchen [at] live [dot] com.

The dough came together pretty quickly. What I loved the most about this dough is that it was ready to use without refrigerating first. I weighed all the pieces of dough (20 gram each) and got 37 cookies.

As part of a little experiment of mine, I rolled some of the dough in powdered sugar, thinking that the cookies will look like "chocolate crackles" but they didn't (as you can see below).

I gave away some of the cookies.

I also froze the rest of the baked cookies. I'm planning on taking them to a potluck at work next week.

Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Final thoughts/tips:
  • I only gave hubby one cookie :o) He said he liked it but since I hadn't asked for a rating before he ate it, he needed another one. We'll see if there are any left after the potluck :o)
  • I ate one cookie while still slightly warm from the oven. It was really good; not too sweet; crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. I thought it could use a little more ginger but maybe these cookies need a couple days for the ginger flavor to developer more. Another thought I had was to add finely chopped crystallized ginger next time.
  • My friend ate one too and liked it a lot.
  • I highly recommend that you try this recipe. According to the author, Abby Dodge, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. The dough as well as baked cookies can easily be frozen.
  • The recipe can be found here.
  • Please check out the other ABC bakers who also loved these cookies.


  1. Your ginger crackles looks wonderful, Hanaa! I love the colour and cracked top, which mine are lacking! Thank you for a delicious year of baking from The Weekend Baker, I rather enjoyed all the bakes and absolutely love the book. Have already baked several other wonderful recipes from it.
    Looking forward for the reveal of the new recipes!
    Have a lovely week!

  2. They do need some time to develop the ginger flavor but we loved them both -almost- straight from the oven and the day after. I froze a batch. Will take a couple of them out shortly to see how they did.
    And a yippee for a cookie dough that doesn't need chilling!

  3. i love how the crackles look, and definitely adopting the crystallized ginger into the cookie as i love them!

  4. Good looking cookies, Hanaâ. Perhaps I'll get to baking them next year, unfortunately the last two challenges collided with my trips to Hamburg and Mexico.
    Without your gently nudging I would probably never have bought "The Weekend Baker", and, also, probably not chosen some of the challenges because I had prejudices against certain types of baked good (like dinner rolls). Now it has become one my most used baking books!
    Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!


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