Sorghum and Spice Gingersnaps (Secret Recipe Club)

Here we are. It's mid-September, and yet we still haven't told you about the last week of summer that we spent in Maine. That would be because we're teachers. That we'll get around to it sometime is about all we can promise right now. But for today, it's time for September's Secret Recipe Club. We sat out of the summer reveals because we were away a lot, but we're back and certainly glad to be, especially after the tasty results we got today's recipe!
Our SRC assignment this month was Yumsilicious Bakes. At first we were nervous. ALL of Yums's recipes are for baked goods, and, as you may know, we've had a few baking disasters in the past. But then we received some inspiration: this gorgeous leaf we found on our lawn this weekend. Yes, it's almost fall and what's better for fall than crisp spice-flavored cookies to match the crisp spice-scented air? Let's make gingersnaps!

Avanika of Yumsilicious Bakes adapted her gingersnap recipe from one by David Leibovitz who based his on Alice Waters's version from The Art of Simple Food. This particular cookie recipe was even more exciting for us because it calls for molasses, and we've been wanting to bake with this Bourbon Vanilla Sorghum that Bourbon Barrel Foods sent us to try. Molasses, a by-product of sugar, can be used interchangeably with sorghum. And this sorghum, milled in Kentucky from a single crop then blended with Kentucky Bourbon and Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla (yes, those are ALL the ingredients!) is earthy, sweet and spicy and, we thought, would give that certain complexity to our cookies that we are always searching for.

Did it ever! The crisp, sugary cookies have remarkable depth of flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla and a nice kick from the black pepper. In the spirit of fall, we used orange sanding sugar to make them pretty. We ate them with tea, then by themselves, and later that same day, stuffed with chocolate chip gelato as ice cream sandwiches. We couldn't get enough! For fans of Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man cookies or any other crisp, spicy gingersnap, we highly recommend this fabulous recipe. Thank you to Yumsilicious for sharing it, and to Bourbon Barrel Foods for the amazing sorghum. What will we make with it next?
Sift together dry ingredients

Cream together butter and sugar

Add sorghum and one egg

Mix in dry ingredients

Wrap dough and chill

Slice dough and top with sanding sugar

Bake, then cool on wire racks

Sorghum and Spice Gingersnaps
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Bourbon Vanilla Sorghum
1 egg at room temperature
sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg and sorghum and mix until well incorporated. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes, then roll to shape into a cylinder. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a silicone mat. Slice the dough into roughly 1/4-inch thick rounds. Dip the tops into the sanding sugar, and place on the baking sheet, leaving room to spread. Bake for 13-14 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, and store in an air-tight container.


Unknown said...

I bet that sorghum is fabulous! Great SRC pick!

Melissa said...

These cookies look delicious! Great SRC pick! :)

Unknown said...

I love sorghum. I've actually been to a Sorghum Festival in NC. My favorite cookie is a molasses cookie and I've subbed sorghum with great results.

It was great to get your blog this month. Thank you for the wonderful roasted tomato recipe!

india leigh said...

they look amazing. Black pepper and ginger. wow. what a hit. 'm going to try and veganize these. But, I'm confused I thought sorghum was a seed that you make flour (and pop'corn') with? Is it a syrup?

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

I've never used (or even really heard of sorghum), but these sound delicious!! I love any kind of ginger cookies!

Jo said...

The sorghum sounds amazing! What a great way to feature it, the cookies look fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I've been on a gingersnap kick lately. These look tasty!

Debra Eliotseats said...

I love ginger snaps and I cannot imagine how good these are with that bourbon vanilla sorghum. What a great recipe to use it in. Love that leaf plate and hope your school year is going well!

Chelsy Ethridge said...

MMMMMMM perfect for those cold winter nights with a good cup of coffee!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I adore gingersnaps...and yours offer a great twist on the traditional version. They look so yummy...and no baking disaster this time :)

Veronica Miller said...

That sorghum sounds so good I had to pin the link on my things I'm wanting to buy. I can just imagine how much more delish gingersnaps would be with it! Great job!

Teri said...

Gingersnaps are the first cookie I ever made as a child. I would love to try them with the sorghum. Thanks for a great recipe!

Rhonda said...

I'm a gingersnap fan, love this take on them. Now if only I were a baker...

Tandy said...

I love the addition of the black pepper in this :)

Cecilia said...

Thank goodness for wikipedia, as I was scratching my head about sorghum... never heard about it. Sounds like a pretty versatile crop, though... those cookies look amazing!