A gingery rehearsal


DSC05185It was time for a rehearsal with the orchestra again. So it was time for cookies, again! Christmas is coming soon, so the Gingerbread cookies of the Moosewood book of desserts would be perfect. They are quite spicy and keep well their shape. So it was perfect to stamp the word “Probenkeks” (rehearsal cookies) in the cookies – to know the purpose of these little sweets. People loved them. The shape of the cookie cutter is probably thought to be a violin; due to its rather rough shape it’s more a viola…

For about 3 cookie sheets, you need:

2,5 cups flour
1 sifted (!) tblsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamom
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
pinch of cayenne (adapt the amount to your target group)
80 g butter (soft)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg

Stir together all the dry ingredients except the sugar.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar, add the molasses, and the egg. Beat until it a homogenic batter. Add the dry ingredients, at the end, knead it together with floured hands.

Let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven (180°C), roll out the dough, cut cookies, and bake them for 10-12 minutes.


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