Ginger Spice Cookies (Bon Appetit)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Food Librarian - Ginger Spice Cookies (Bon Appetit)

I donate a pint of blood every 56 days or so. I think it builds good karma (hee hee) and you get served a cookie and juice. It takes very little to amuse me.

I really love my blood donation center...Nurse Jan is so nice!

However, the "don't-pass-out-on-us" post-donation cookie know...just okay. Oh, how Tuesdays with Dorie and this baking blog adventure has killed me. I can now taste chemicals in box cake mixes. I can tell if stuff is made with real butter or not. And I can tell those blood donation cookies wandered over from the hospital kitchen.

Today, after giving a few gallons of blood, it FINALLY dawned on me to bring in my own damn cookie!

Of course! I heart ginger so I tried Bon Appétit's Ginger Spice Cookies.

The batter comes together very easily. It has cinnamon, ground ginger and 3/4 cup of crystallized ginger. You need to chill it for at least 1 hour. I let it hang out overnight. In the morning, I shaped them into balls and rolled them in sugar. Bake until the top cracks but the center is soft and yummy. Using a small scoop, I got 53 cookies.

Food Librarian - Ginger Spice Cookies (Bon Appetit)
A Cookie for A Pint

You should definitely make these Ginger Spice Cookies. And don't forget that giving blood is easy and very much in demand! Only 3% of American adults donate. Your local hospital or the Red Cross will welcome you with open arms and orange juice. Just be sure to plan your treat. You deserve the best! :)

Ginger Spice Cookies
from Bon Appétit, March 2000

P.S. My TWD entry this week is a bit delayed! Sorry but I should have a double entry next week!
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Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I don't mind that you procrastinate, as it give me an opportunity to catch up on all your awesome posts!

Hey, a mediocre generic brand cookie is a small price to pay to do some good.

Even better, you bring some of those delicious cookies, and I'll be ready to donate!

Leslie said... [Reply to comment]

What an inspired idea! I'm scheduled for Saturday so I better whip up something to munch on and share with the nurses.

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

That is too funny--bring your own cookie. You should donate (for a price!) cookies! I know what you mean though. Whenever I'm shopping with any of the boys and they see a baked good they want me to buy I have to try to kindly explain to them that I don't BUY stuff, I make it--and much better than anything you can buy! ;)

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

Hooray for homemade cookies and donating blood. I too donate. My rare blood type (AB-) keeps the Red Cross calling me every time they are around:)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I think it's awesome that you brought your own cookie to the blood donation! Kudos to you for being such a regular blood donor!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words :) I think your blog rocks (but you already knew that)!

Carrie said... [Reply to comment]

Hello, my name is Carrie and I am a Ginger-oholic! I will absolutely make these cookies, they look awesome!

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

Love ginger-anything! I don't know if you've tried the Chewy Choc Gingerbread cookies by Martha Stewart, but if you haven't, you must!!! They're so amazing! Here's the link:

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

I love ginger cookies and these look beautiful!! I am a believer in eating this year round, not just Christmas time. I will try them soon.

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I love that idea! How fun!
Great cookies!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

I know what you mean...I don't think I can eat nonhomemade anymore. Everything is too artificially.I wasn't heavy enough to donate blood when they came to my school, but after all this baking I am! Hopefully the weight stops climbing!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm, these look really good. I love your pic of the spoon with sugar. I like action shots. :)

And thanks for the reminder to donate blood. I haven't been able to donate since becoming pregnant but I'll have to check and see if I can donate once I deliver (and while I'm breastfeeding).

Mary, you're such a good citizen. I want to be more like you.

With love from your admiring fan in D.C., Racheal xoxoxo

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for reminding me to get off my butt and donate some blood! These cookies look fantastic!

Carmen said... [Reply to comment]

It is so sweet of you to give blood so regularly! I admit that I only gave blood once, and then I blacked out afterwards, so I have been too chicken to try again. I don't meet the weight requirement (and didn't back then either), but the nurses told me it was fine. After eating my cookies and drinking some juice, I was off, but fainted at work about 10 minutes later! Maybe I need to bring my own cookies next time. :)

Anshika said... [Reply to comment]

Thats an easy way to make tempting cookies.

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

I can't wait to try these cookies. They look so good!

I think it's so great that you give blood. There is such a big need that can be remedied so easily and quickly. Have a great day!

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Did you know you were posting these cookies on National Gingersnap day? I am a huge fan of ginger cookies, so I'm bookmarking this recipe. And I give blood but not regularly enough. I am the universal donor type, so they love my blood (and I can give for babies, too, b/c I don't have that antibody).

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

These cookies look great--I love ginger, so hopefully I will be making these soon! There is no shame in being able to taste artificial ingredients in baked goods, or being able to tell when something isn't made with butter!

dharmagirl said... [Reply to comment]

yummm! i love ginger spice cookies! and i love the idea of bringing your own goodies:)

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

oh you re so courageous I really wish to donate blood but every time i see a needle I m almost fainting. I m a coward. These cookies look so good. surely a well deserved treat :)

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Donating blood is so important. I try to do it a few times a year. If there were cookies like these waiting at the end I'm sure more people would do it.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Those cookies sound wonderful! I would love to donate blood more often, but I get banned b/c of travel a lot. Silly, but I understand.

Teanna said... [Reply to comment]

You should donate some of those cookies to the blood donation centers! The people would be lining up to give blood for a taste of one! Haha! But seriously, those look absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE Ginger Spice Cookies. LOVE. Have you seen David Lebovitz's non-fat version? If you haven't, try it. They are amazing!

Mermaid Sews said... [Reply to comment]

So nice of you to donate, I should do that more. Ginger cookies are my fav, these look amazing.

Kerstin said... [Reply to comment]

Yum, these look amazing! My blood pressure is too low to donate blood - sigh. I'm sure they would have a line out the door of donors if they served your cookies instead!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

I love ginger cookies - and since you do too, you should try Ina Garten's version - they pack a punch!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I looooove ginger cookies but I'm so wary of making them at home because the ones I've tried have been too molassesy. These ones do look really good though - nice and soft. I'll have to save the recipe!

Carol Peterman/TableFare said... [Reply to comment]

I get to start donating blood again this month after having to sit out for a year because I traveled to China. My center actually has great cookies and they serve espresso and lattes. Yes, even the blood centers serve great coffee in Seattle.

Boyd Bracken said... [Reply to comment]

Cookies are a favourite when we go on our wildlife trips. I haven't tried em ginger cookies though I have eaten them. My cookies always some how or the other manage to stick to each other however much space I leave between them.

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