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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

(Chef Karen is going it alone this week)

Ginger cookies have never been a favourite of mine.  Not sure if they’re too strong or what but I’m not a big fan…. until I found this recipe.  My husband likes them so I thought I’d be nice and make some for him; turns out, I like them now, too.  I used Ina Garten’s Ultimate Cookie Recipe from the Food Network website. They have a nice ginger-y taste to them and they’re not too strong.  When I made them I wasn’t thrilled with the dough. I found it to be VERY crumbly; to the point that I thought I was going to throw it out.  But, I continued on and made it work.  I think I added the flour too quickly so keep that in mind.  It’s certainly not too late to bake for the Christmas holidays so get going and whip up a batch of these….. I’m pretty sure you’ll be a fan, too.

Ultimate Ginger Cookies!

Ultimate Ginger Cookies!

Chef Jonathan and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank-you for supporting our blog by reading our posts.  We hope to keep going in 2014 with fun and interesting recipes to pass onto you!


Week 24- Mini Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

Chef Jonathan: This recipe looked so good, and it tastes even better! It’s really quite simple, as long as you’re mise is in correct order, due to the number of steps. For the cakes themselves I followed the method pretty closely, except I used chocolate chips, instead of chunks. I also used my silicone muffin tray, instead of ramekins, which worked out well, since they are an extra large size. I wasn’t particularly fond of the syrup, it was very runny, and I would have liked a thicker base. Although, the ganache was a nice consistency and it was prefect for presentation. My sister put it best, that it tastes like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! It’s a very easy recipe, and I recommend this for everyone to make!

Karen: I watched Ina Garten make this recipe, emailed Chef Jonathan immediately and asked if this could be our next blog recipe. He agreed and I’m so glad he did. I am usually opposed to multiple-step recipes but this one is well worth it! It’s easy although there are 3 steps. I’ve been totally convinced that making a cake from scratch is worth the time it takes and this recipe certainly proves it. I followed the directions as written even using freshly squeezed orange juice. My husband said he could smell the orange as it was cooking – that’s how fresh it is. I used ramekins instead of silicone molds. I buttered them generously and added a small circle of parchment to the bottom of each one so they would come out easier. It worked! The only change was that I only had 5 ramekins, not 6, so I added a bit of cake batter to each of the 5 and added 10 minutes to the cooking time. They came out wonderfully. I also cut off the top of the cakes; which becomes the bottom before pouring the ganache over them. This made them sit nicely on the platter. Make these little treats for a family treat or for company! You will love them!


This is a Food Network recipe. Here is the link: