Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy November: Chewy Ginger Cookies and Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Happy November! Are you super excited for this month, like I am??? Today, it seems appropriate to kick off the month with a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

In our home, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating with family, eating great food and for the most part, sticking with familiar and well loved family recipes. Today I'm excited to share two of our favorite recipes with you: Chewy Ginger Cookies and Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

I remember the day that I first had one of these Chewy Ginger Cookies over at my sister's house. I was amazed when she told me how simple the recipe was because I literally felt like I was eating the best cookie ever.

A few years have gone by and this Chewy Ginger Cookie is still a family favorite. I love how easy the recipe is and how the unbaked dough can be stored in the freezer, ready and waiting for when an unexpected visitor stops by.

Chewy Ginger Cookies:
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and spices into a medium bowl. Put the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and brown sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in molasses.

Beat in flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the baking soda mixture. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. 

Bake until surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets, 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and cool completely.

Now, let's switch gears and talk about one of the most loved and popular Thanksgiving dishes: mashed potatoes. Until about 8 years ago, my family always served mashed potatoes that honestly could have used a bit more flavor. Alright, I'll be honest, the mashed potatoes were boring, blah, and not very good.

My sister and I got older, married our husband's and started realizing that not everyone has boring mashed potatoes at their Thanksgiving dinner. When Thanksgiving came, we were able to bring our own dishes to share and I'll never forget the time we volunteered to make the mashed potatoes. Hello, flavor, seasonings and garlic! Where have you been all my life? Everyone loved them except for my Grandma but, majority won and to this day, our family is loving these Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
6 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons cream cheese
3 tablespoons whole milk
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until very tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Add the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread, garlic, sour cream and cream cheese. Mash with a potato masher until the ingredients are well blended. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
 Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. Oh yummy!! I love ginger cookies, but I've never tried to make them. I'll try this out soon.

    I've pinned this!

    1. Let me know what you think about the cookies. I seriously LOVE them and the dough doesn't have any eggs in it so, it's totally safe for you and your little cutie to munch on!

  2. Can I use regular butter with this. Would it be the same amount?
    Thank you

    1. Yes, regular butter would work just fine and yes, you'd use the same amount.

  3. These look and sound so delicious. I have pinned for future baking. I saw your link on 52 Mantels link party.

  4. I'm definitely going to try these; I love chewy cookies.

    1. Mel- try them! You'll love them! Happy Friday! :)

  5. I LOVE ginger!!!! These cookies look perfect! I can just imagine the smell in your kitchen! Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, I think I'll be trying these, my family will gobble them up (no pun intended!). And I was going to search for a good mash potato recipe for Thanksgiving, I think my search has ended! Thanks for the recipes!

    1. Hi Tanya,
      Happy Friday!:) You'll LOVE that cookie recipe.

  6. I made a batch of these last night - with real butter and Gluten-free flour - and they are SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  7. Double Y-U-M.....!
    Those cookies look too good. Will be trying them for sure.

  8. I'm so glad we are approaching cookie season!! they look so yummy!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  9. Interesting you call them ginger cookies instead of molasses cookies! Found you at seasonal inspiration party!


  10. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on now at ‘Or so she says …’ We’ve also got a fun “Favorite Things” giveaway going on through tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

  11. Saw these cookies at the Great Cookie Exchange!
    They are so beautiful and sound so delicious!
    I would love to have you link them and/or any other recipe of yours to Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with a special something! Here is the link to it:

    Can't wait to see you there :)

  12. Great potato recipe! Made them tonight!!


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