Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Baking Season

What do you do on a snowy day.
Especially the first snowy day of the season.

You bake Christmas cookies.

Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
2 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt.

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into 32 bars (8 rows by 4 rows)

Yield: Makes 32 bars

Lemon Icing (for Sugar Cookies)
1 batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more if necessary
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and zest until it forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more lemon juice if necessary). Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, about 15 minutes.

**thank you RealSimple magazine.


Brandon said...

Jen, you should know if we [in Fresno] waited until the first snowy day of the season to bake cookies we'd only get to have fresh cookies once every 10 years or so. :)

RenderingRisch said...

your blog makes me hungry...