We’re looking towards another Christmas and, despite myself, I’ve made Chocolate-Ginger Cookies for the holiday cookie season. That same time of year when I tell myself (year-after-year) that I’m just not going to bother. I don’t mean I’m not going to bother with the holidays. Though it’s fun to insinuate it just to watch the Scroogey glances shoot my way.
Nope, it’s not that. My halls will be decked with a little Christmas cheer and our menorah is ready to go. It’s the Christmas cookies I always try to avoid. It’s the fuss and muss most Christmas cookies require more than the yuletide yummies themselves that tempt me to skip the sugar and spice each year. Too much sugar, messy food dyes, sticky counters lined with neat little piles of cookies tied up in red and green ribbons. I don’t think so– I try to tell myself– it’s just not my style.
Or should I say Ho-Ho-Ho? Because behold I bring you good tidings of great sugary joy in the form of Chocolate-Ginger Cookies anyway.
These Chocolate-Ginger Cookies (from Susan Spungen and NYT) are perfect for the season– rich, spicy and most importantly delicious. Christmas cookie purists may disagree because these cookies aren’t frosted, painted, or blitzed in sprinkles. You can’t roll them out and cut them into fancy shapes. They might look like turds if you tried to hang them on the tree. Still, I think the indulgent amount of ginger helps transform these cookies into Christmas essentials.
So go ahead. Spin a dreidle, raise a glass, or bake some cookies. Happy Holidays. GREG