Gramercy Tavern Gingersnaps

Gramercy Tavern Restaurant Recipe

1 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger (see note)
1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (yellow portion of peel)
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon finely ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons turbinado (raw) sugar (see note)

Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, fresh ginger and lemon zest. Beat well.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, white pepper and cloves. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until well combined. Form the dough into a large disk, wrap in plastic, and chill at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scoop out 1 teaspoon of the dough at a time and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip the base of a drinking glass with a 2 to 3 inch diameter in flour (to prevent sticking). Press down hard on each round of dough with the base of glass to form rounds about 1/8 inch thick. Dip the glass in flour as often as necessary. If desired, use a dry, clean pastry brush to remove excess flour from the cookies.

Sprinkle the tops of cookies with a tiny bit of turbinado sugar.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp. The tops will be dull and set. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool. Makes 6 dozen.

Note: Don't worry if the grated fresh ginger includes stringlike threads. They will disappear during baking. If desired, use up to a total of 1/2 cup turbinado sugar for sprinkling. The sugar bakes into the cookies and seems to disappear.