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October 29, 2018

Soft Ginger Cookies are Perfect taste of Fall

By popular demand, we are posting the recipe for our soft, sweet, and spicy ginger cookies.  We find the rich, warm tastes to be perfect for fall. 

The ancient Chinese first cultivated ginger root, where it was often used as a remedy for stomach ailments.  Traders on the Silk Road brought the spice to Europe.  The term “gingerbread” came to refer to any baked good that included ginger and a sweetener such as honey or molasses.  Europeans made hard gingerbread cookies, sometimes gilded with gold leaf.  These were a popular treat at festivals and fairs.  Ladies often gave their favorite knights a piece of gingerbread for good luck in a

These soft, sugar-crusted cookies are perfect with a mug of hot apple cider.

Ginger and spice make these cookies nice!

tournament.  Queen Elizabeth I is given credit for popularizing fancily decorated ginger cookies and they came to symbolize all that was elegant in England.  http://time.com/4602913/gingerbread-men-history  The colonists brought ginger baked goods to the New World.  Early Americans appear to have preferred softer gingerbread and the first American cookbook contains three different recipes.  The Marquis de Lafayette was partial to the soft gingerbread served to him by George Washington’s mother.  Buckhorn Inn’s soft ginger cookies offer a delicious taste of history.

Recipe for Soft Ginger Cookies

1/4 pound butter at room temperature

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup molasses

3 tablespoons dark corn syrup

2 tablespoons milk

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

extra sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy.  Then mix in molasses, corn syrup and milk.  Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, creating a stiff dough.  Pinch off small pieces of dough and shape into 1 1/2″ balls.  Roll in sugar.  Place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 11 to 12 minutes until tops are puffed.  Cool cookies 2 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to racks to cool.  These freeze well.  The recipe makes about 40 cookies.

 

 

May 30, 2018

Try the World’s Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Chef Bob Neisler is rightfully famous for his baked goods–and his cookies are no exception.  When these cookies are in the oven, the delightful aroma has guests (and staff!) drooling with anticipation.  They freeze well and are great to have on hand for a special treat.  Tip:  To easily measure out 1/2 cup of peanut butter, fill a glass measuring cup with water to the 1/2 cup mark.  Add peanut butter until the level of water reaches one cup.  Drain and use the peanut butter in your recipe.  

Our guests love the cookies, brownies and other treats they find in the sitting room each day.

Chef Bob’s peanut butter cookies are irresistible warm from the oven.

Chef Bob’s Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 C Flour

1/2 t Baking soda

1/2 t Baking powder

1/2 C Butter, softened

1/2 C Brown sugar

1/2 C White sugar

1/2 C Smooth peanut butter

1 Egg

1/2 C Peanut butter morsels

1/2 C Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Put the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F.  Cover a 14″ by 16″ baking sheet with foil, shiny side up, and coat with vegetable spray.  You may instead use a silicone liner.  Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Cream butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter.  Add egg and mix thoroughly.  Add sifted dry ingredients.  Fold in peanut butter morsels and chocolate chips.

Chill dough in refrigerator for one hour, or until firm enough to handle.  With floured hands roll dough into 1″ diameter balls.  Place balls on baking sheet two inches apart and flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour.  Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.  Store between sheets of waxed or parchment paper in a covered tin.  This recipe makes about 24 cookies.  Note:  These cookies also make delicious ice cream sandwiches.  Spread softened vanilla ice cream on the bottom of one cookie and top with a second cookie.  Roll the soft edges in chopped peanuts or chocolate sprinkles, and then freeze until firm.