Posted 12/20/2011 11:50:42 AM
I gave this recipe a three because the cookies are tasty and I gave it a three because they are too much trouble to make and too expensive to recommend. Perhaps in some parts of the country finely ground crystallized ginger can be purchased but not in mine and I ended up not using the ginger because, no matter what tricks I employed to keep it from sticking to the knives or chopper, the result was a sticky ball of ginger that couldn't have been sprinkled on anything. At about $4 for three ounces, plus the cost of a package of sugar cookie mix, spices and a lemon, it's costly for just three dozen cookies. If you make it, the glaze mix will not produce enough quantity to make your cookies look anything like the picture, and you may not have quite enough to put a thin glaze on each cookie. All in all, I'm not that pleased with using the Sugar Cookie Mix as a base; no matter how thoroughly I mixed it I still ended up with some sugar cookie lumps in the dough, just as in the Red Velvet cookie recipe I tested. I like this cookie well enough to make again, without the crystallized ginger, if I can develop, or find, a scratch recipe. And be very careful baking - they over-bake quickly before they've passed the touch test. I found that even with parchment paper, a non-stick sheet works better than my stainless steel sheet.