A concert hall close to where I live, the Kennedy Center, offers free performances every weekday at six. I have only gone to a few, but they have all been excellent. This summer I went to a South Korean pop concert.
Tonight I went to a concert entitled, A Very Tuba Christmas. It was fantastic. With such a phenomenal name, how could it not be wonderful?
They had a little over 350 tuba players. I have never heard 350 tuba players perform simultaneously before, and I doubt you have either. It's a singular experience.
It was my first time going, but it is an annual event. They have been doing a tuba Christmas performance for twenty years. I'm doing many wonderful Christmas things this year, including going to the Nutcracker. It will be my first time seeing a professional performance of the Nutcracker.
These cookies are also pretty Christmasy. They're ginger cookies, and ginger, like eggnog and peppermint, are Christmas flavors. I have learned this from reading food blogs. This recipe came from allrecipes, but I added Hersey's almond and toffee nuggets. I used dark chocolate nuggets.
The ingredients are almond and toffee dark chocolate nuggets, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon water, 1/4 cup molasses, and sugar for coating the cookie dough balls. The recipe says about 2 tablespoons of sugar.
I began by adding all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. The dry ingredients are flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, and salt. I whisked these ingredients together.
In another bowl, I beat the sugar and butter together.
I added an egg once the butter and sugar was nice and pale. It must be nice. Mean butter and sugar just won't do.
I added the molasses and water to the buttery egg.
It looked a little curdled. I gradually added the flour, and then it looked normal.
I grabbed a gob of dough, a little less than a tablespoon, and flattened it a bit. I placed half of a piece of chocolate in the center.
I grabbed a smalled gob of dough and placed it on top of the chocolate to make a cookie dough chocolate sandwich. Yum!
I rolled the dough around the chocolate until a ball was formed. I rolled the cookie in sugar. I had some red sugar leftover from another cookie recipe I made, but white sugar is perfect.
I placed the cookie dough bits onto a baking sheet. The cookies should be about 2 inches away from each other. These raw cookies are not a social bunch; they need their space. Once the pan was full, I baked the cookies for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
This ginger cookie recipe was fantastic. The cookies were soft and aromatic. The ginger and molasses create a sweet and exotic flavor.
In my mind, ginger cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie. This recipe makes a fantastic cookie, and the dark chocolate with toffee add a sweetness and bitterness that complement the ginger cookie well. This is now my go-to ginger cookie recipe!