Celebrate National Cookie Day with a Christmasy treat from the Cookie Advent Cookbook.
4 Tbsp [55 g] unsalted butter
1 cup [100 g] firmly packed light brown sugar
1⁄4 cup [60 ml] light corn syrup
1⁄2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 cup [140 g] sifted all-purpose flour
1⁄2 tsp brandy
- Preheat the oven to 350°F [180°C]. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Have ready a wooden spoon with a long, round handle for shaping the cookies.
- In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and ginger, stirring occasionally, until the butter and sugar have melted and all the ingredients are combined, about 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the flour and brandy. The batter will be medium-thick.
- Spoon a heaping 1 tsp of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter into a circle about 3 inches [7.5 cm] in diameter. Repeat, spacing the cookies at least 2 inches [5 cm] apart. Make only four cookies at a time, because they must be hot when they are rolled.
- Bake in the center of the oven just until the cookies begin to firm up, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Working quickly and using a spatula, lift a cookie from the cookie sheet and wrap it in a spiral around the handle of the wooden spoon. Let cool for 20 seconds, then slide the cookie off the spoon handle onto a wire rack to cool completely. (If the cookies harden too much to remove them from the cookie sheet and shape them, return the cookie sheet to the oven for about 1 minute. They will soften again.) Repeat with the remaining batter, regreasing the cookie sheet as necessary.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20 cookies
This recipe is an extract from Cookie Advent Cookbook: With 24 festive recipes by Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt
Inspired by the Cookie Advent held every December at Chronicle Books, here is a unique twist on the traditional Advent calendar. Starting on December 1 through Christmas Eve, the cover of the book invites readers to peek under an ornament flap to discover the cookie of the day—then turn the pages to find the appropriate recipe. Beginner and experienced bakers alike will enjoy these simple recipes for beautifully decorated homemade cookies counting down to December 25. With its mix of familiar and global Christmas treats and entirely new ones, this festive calendar and cookbook will create new cookie-baking traditions, bringing tidings of great family and community joy.