Spicy Ginger Shortbreads

Celebrate the Season - Fall Baking Recipe Magazine Contest 2010 shared by Nadine Mesch from Mt. Healthy, OH

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 36

3/4
cup butter, softened
1/4
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1
egg yolk
1 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon five-spice powder
1/4
cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/4
cup finely chopped pecans
1
tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Glaze

1/4
cup white vanilla baking chips
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1
tablespoon water

  • 1 In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, lemon peel and egg yolk with electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in 1 1/4 cups flour and the five-spice powder until dough holds together. Stir in ginger and pecans.
  • 2 Place dough on smooth surface sprinkled with 1 tablespoon flour. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 6-inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray, or line with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  • 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 5 In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring once, until softened and chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in powdered sugar and water. Add additional water, if needed, to achieve glaze consistency. Drizzle glaze over cookies. Let stand until set.

Expert Tips

"The additions of five-spice powder, lemon peel and chewy ginger turned a simple shortbread into a wonderful holiday tradition. The aroma of these cookies has the uncanny ability to tear children and husbands away from the TV, cell phones and computers, and has them all standing around the oven with big smiles on their faces." Nadine Mesch

Five-spice powder typically consists of equal parts cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. Look for it with other spices at the grocery store.

Also known as candied ginger, crystallized ginger is fresh ginger that has been cooked in a sugar syrup and rolled in coarse sugar to preserve it. It lends a wonderful sweet, spicy taste to desserts like these cookies.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
45),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
30mg
30%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.