I have not made this recipe in nearly fifteen years. I have no idea why. I wasn’t tired of it and I didn’t forget it, but I just stopped making it. I developed this recipe when my ex-husband and I were at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. I was a new mom and my ex was studying Arabic. I was home alone all day with an infant, bored out of my skull, and loved to cook for the other people in his class. The Marines that he went to school with used to pay me $35.00 per dozen for these cookies. Every week. They are that good.
It is because of these cookies that ginger is my favorite spice. When I bit into one that I made today, my eyes rolled up in the back of my head and I got goosebumps. These cookies are
in-cred-i-ble. Have I convinced you to try them yet?
Cooking As A Coping Technique
I deal with extremely bad anxiety. I take anti-depressants and cope pretty well most days. As long as I keep my habits consistent and I always take my meds I’m good to go. But at the beginning of this month, my schedule changed and the stress of keeping up with things caused me to forget to take my pills a lot and it has all kind of snowballed into persistent anxiety attacks this entire long weekend.
So, I started baking. And cooking. I didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner this year for the extended family, so I had a lot of time to make other things. 112 cream puffs for my cousin’s baby shower reveal, four loaves of bread for church, 55 chocolate chip cookies. When I went to the grocery store to get ingredients, Ben the Riveter asked me to make him some gingersnaps and I knew that I had done him a horrible wrong never making him these cookies. He was a year old when we were living in Monterey, so I knew that I had to make it right. I threw the molasses in the cart (the only thing I didn’t have at home) and grabbed the candied ginger (which is optional) and made plans to make them for my babies.
Ginger is the Spice of Champions
In my house, ginger is everyone’s favorite flavor. We drink a lot of ginger beer or ginger ale and Asian food… just because they add the ginger to so many sauces. We love ginger. When Sean the Riveter took his first bite of these cookies, he tackled me in a hug and said, “you need to make more ginger cookies.” They are a success. And I have righted the wrong of not making these for them.
Ben wanted to send a picture to his best friend of how big they are. My boys really are my biggest fans. And they are cute. Seriously, when I look at them I’m in utter awe cuz… I made them. How’d I get so blessed to have such amazing boys?
Sorry, I get so distracted by their awesomeness.
Anyway, you should make these cookies. They are great for gifts, great for bringing to work, or great for hoarding all of them to yourself and dipping them in milk. And while you really should wait for them to cool… they are amazing warm.