These are my favorite cookies to make in the winter. They are crunchy and chewy, spicy and sweet. I put these in my Christmas boxes one year and everyone has requested them every year since!
The spiciness and citrus notes in these cookies play excellently with orange and floral notes in Riesling. I prefer a Riesling on the drier side myself but I have heard from others that a sweeter Riesling is better, so I think-to each their own.
These cookies are really very simple to make, and really fun to do in a group or with a friend.
Orange Ginger Cookie
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
10 Tablespoons softened butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsulfered molasses
1 cup of sugar
zest of one orange
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
I a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. In a second bowl mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go along to ensure the incorporation of all ingredients.
To make the topping rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers, this releases the oils into the sugar and really enhances the flavor.
Now, drop the batter (about 1 inch rounds) into the topping and turn to coat.
** The batter for this cookie can be very soft and sticky, to make this part easier put the batter in the freezer for a minute to harden it slightly.
Be aware that these cookies spread while cooking and space accordingly on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cookies have risen and just begun to fall.
Orange Cream Filling
6 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange zest
1 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
Beat together all of the ingredients in a bowl until fully combined. Then pipe the filling onto a cookie and sandwich with another and there you are, the most delicious cookies in the world are now in your kitchen! Pour yourself a glass of Riesling and enjoy!