I'm so excited about this post that I don't quite know where to begin. It's my official "Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap" post, which was a brilliant idea from Lindsay & Julie. It's also a recipe that I adapted myself, which I'm really proud of. Finally, it's my first contest!
When news of the cookie swap started swirling, I signed up before I had the chance to talk myself out of it. I knew I didn't have time. I knew I'd be posting along with some of the best, most dedicated bloggers out there. I was a bit intimidated, but I'm so glad I did it. I received some great cookies from new blogger friends: Carroll, Eleana and Mackenzie. I mailed my cookies to other new blogger friends: Madison, Krissy and Hilary. And I adapted a recipe to add to my growing list of go-to cookies:
Dark Chocolate Chip & Crystallized Ginger Cookies
accidentally adapted from Bon Appetit's recipe*
2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 c (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 c vegetable shortening
1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/2 c ginger syrup (I used The Ginger People's)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c crystallized ginger chips (I used The Ginger People's)
12 oz dark chocolate chips
1 c raw sugar
*I say this recipe was accidentally adapted because I originally planned to make the cookie as listed in the magazine, but my molasses had gone bad and the grocery was out, so I had to shift my focus. I had bought some of The Ginger People's Ginger Syrup and Crystallized Ginger Chips with another use in mind, but decided to try my hand at a new-to-me recipe instead. So I swapped the ginger syrup for the molasses and added the chocolate chips. I loved the result! I loved it so much that I contacted the folks at The Ginger People to let them know. They kindly offered a set of baker's items as a giveaway!
I'm giving away a baker's set from The Ginger People, which includes Ginger Syrup, Ginger Snaps, Crystallized Ginger and Baker's Cut Crystallized Ginger, which is great because it's perfectly chopped & ready for baking.
To enter, leave a comment telling me the best ginger-infused food you've ever had.
For up to three additional chances do the following, leaving a separate comment for each:
1. Follow @TheGingerPeople on Twitter.
2. Follow me on Twitter, @loveandnachos.
3. Tweet the following: "I just entered to win a baker's gift set from @TheGingerPeople and @loveandnachos. http://anorganicprocess.blogspot.com/2011/12/dark-chocolate-chip-crystallized-ginger.html."
The contest is open from now until Thursday, December 15 at 1 p.m. CST. Please leave a valid email address with your comment so I can notify you if you’ve won. I’ll draw a random number that afternoon and the corresponding comment will be the winner.
The prize will be mailed directly to the winner from The Ginger People. This contest is open only to entrants in the United States.
The giveaway is now closed. The winner was randomly selected out of 45 entries. There were 46 original comments, but one was deleted by the commenter. Congratulations to commenter #7, Lacey!