how to soften stale cookies {ginger molasses recipe}

if you have cookies that have gotten a little hardened or stale, there is a simple way to make them soft again like when they were fresh-baked.  just put one small apple slice into your cookie container and seal it tightly. within a few hours, they'll be noticeably softer, and the next morning they'll be just like when you baked them.  i tried this trick yesterday and had a delicious soft-as-the-day-i-baked-it ginger molasses cookie for breakfast, with a slice of last night's pizza and a strawberry smoothie, cuz i'm healthy like that.

this is a recipe i come back to again and again.  mmmmm.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3.5 ounces crystallized ginger, chopped coarsely

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine softened butter, sugar, molasses and egg. Using a mixer, beat well. Stir in crystallized ginger. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to wet mixture. Mix well. Form 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

three dozen is a conservative estimate. i made literal one inch balls and probably yielded six dozen, but i should have shortened the cooking time (hence them turning hard fast.)

FYI:  don't bother with the over-priced crystalized ginger in the tiny jar in the spice isle at the supermarket.  i've picked it up reasonably at tj maxx and places that sell dry goods in bulk.


Cathy said...

Cool! I'm definitely going to try that tip and that recipe--I actually have all the ingredients for it at home, too. :)

Debbie said...

Stale cookies? How in the world could that happen. And I use a very similar ginger cookie recipe that we love.

mub said...

These look wonderful, and I just made crystallized ginger yesterday!

The Hamons said...

You can also use a slice of bread.

Kelly said...

Those are GREAT tips :) I've tried the slice of bread before but I never heard about the apple!

Mary Ann Hartzell said...

A slice of apple will make hard as rock brown sugar soft again, too. ... given the great amount of time between baking in this household I've used this trick a time or two! I'm pleased you posted the recipe for the ginger cookies. Your Daddy and I love them.

Anonymous said...

i need to try that tip the next time I get some stale cookies. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your header!

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