When the Hallmark Channel introduced me to the Murder She Baked movies, I really wanted to read the books. Thankfully, my mom had almost the entire Hannah Swensen series written by Joanne Fluke and what she didn’t have, I work at a used book store so I can easily get the missing books.
I’m not a huge fan of ginger, but I do like gingersnaps when I get a craving for them. Reading the recipes in the books, just made me want to convert them to gluten-free. You can find the original recipes in the books. With these cookies, you don’t get a big burst of ginger flavor, but you do get more of the molasses flavor, which I like. I love molasses. What can I say?
This recipe is from the first book in the series, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, and is the second recipe written in the book.
Do not preheat the oven. Dough must chill before baking.
- 3/4 cups melted butter (1-1/2 sticks)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 4 Tbsp molasses (1/4 cup)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2-1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (not sifted)
- 1/2 cup white sugar in a small bowl (for dusting)
Melt butter and mix in brown sugar. Let mixture cool and add egg. Add soda, molasses, salt, and ginger. Stir thoroughly. Mix in flour. Chill dough for at least one hour, overnight is best.
Preheat oven to 375°F and have the rack in the middle position.
Roll the dough in walnut-sized balls with your hands. Roll the dough in white sugar. Place on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet, 12 to a standard sheet. Flatten the dough balls with a spatula.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool on cookie sheets for no more than one minute and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: To measure molasses, first spray the inside of the measuring cup with oil so the molasses will not stick.
The first time I made these, I made the dough balls too big and could only fit six to a sheet, but they were still amazing. These would be a great cookie to get kids involved (careful with the melting butter part) or if you are a beginner baker.
These cookies would be amazing served with pumpkin or vanilla ice cream.