Monday, December 12, 2011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011: Silver Palate Sorghum Cookies

This year was my first participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  My reason for signing up was simple- Gail and I LOVE cookies (who doesn't!?) and the idea of receiving 3 dozen cookies in the mail, of 3 different varieties sounded to good to pass up! All I had to do to join the party was commit to baking and sending out 3 dozen of my own cookies to 3 separate food bloggers. Sounds good to me! For the cookie swap I adapted a recipe from the original Silver Palate Cookbook (not the 25th anniversary edition which is linked). I took the recipe for molasses cookies and made them with sorghum rather the molasses as the taste and consistency are very similar.  Below the photo of a dozen cookies fresh from the oven is a recipe for these moist, chewy, delicious cookies!
Sorghum Cookies
adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook & makes approximately 24 cookies
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sorghum
1 egg
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 F
Melt butter, add sugar and sorghum, and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to butter mixture; mix well.
Sift flour with spices, salt, and baking soda, add to first mixture and mix well. Batter will be quite wet and sticky.
Lay a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet. Drop tablespoons of cookie batter on foil, leaving 3 inches between the cookies. These will spread during the baking.
Bake until cookies start to darken, about 8 to 10 minutes. (9 minutes 30 seconds was the ideal time in my oven)
Remove form oven while still soft (they will be very soft). Let cool on foil. Seriously let them cool. These cookies came out of the oven so soft I looked funny at one and it squished the cookie.
That is it. Super simple, easy cookies that are soft, chewy, and moist. Not crisp like ginger-snaps. A great holiday cookie.
I hope that delishiono, Cooking On the Side, & Gustatoria enjoyed their cookies!!

I was lucky enough to receive 3 delicious batches of cookies in the mail last week!
Kate at the forgotten teaspoon sent a box of grandmother's gingersnap cookies, Lily from Small Kitchen College sent a box of meyer lemon almond cookies, and Kat of percent sent a bag of snowballs!! Look at these great packages:

Gail and I have really enjoyed all of the cookies. It was a really nice surprise to open each package and find out what kind of cookies we had received! The suspense was killing us (ha!). I'm really happy to have participated in my first cookie swap. I look forward to doing it again, and maybe signing up for a few cookie swaps in my area next year!

what type of holiday cookies are you baking up??


GrafixMuse said...

A Blogger cookie swap looks like a lot of fun! Your cookies look delicious. I'll be baking up some this week. I try not to start too early or we will eat them all :)

Fred said...

It was great getting my cookies in the mail! I would sign up for next year, as I really enjoyed it.

As far as the cookies go- the recipe is great and really easy. Certainly the 'standard' for molasses cookies.

percentblog said...

It was so much fun to participate! I also received Kate's gingersnap cookies- so good! I'm looking forward to checking out the big round up post for more ideas.

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