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white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeCan you believe that it is already time for the 12 Weeks of Cookies?  Hello?  Where did September go?  Are there really only 12 weeks until Christmas?  Crazy!  Tonight, I am so happy that it is fall.  I was running errands tonight, the sun was going down, and I made a wrong turn.  I found myself driving far longer than I needed to because it was so beautiful.  The sun was golden, the trees are beginning to change, yet everything is still so green.  That is one of the things that surprised me most about Kansas, it is so green and lush.  I got out of the car, and it was crisp.  Happiness.  All I needed was a Pumpkin Spice Latte to complete the moment.

Even though I have Christmas cookies on the brain, I am not quite ready to break out the peppermint and eggnog.  Like last year, I am starting with a spice cookie, and I doing it again this year.  I happen to love a spice cookie, and this one is no different.  Crisp and crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy in the center.  And then a hit of sweetness from the white chocolate.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipe3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeWhisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Set aside.

white chocolate ginger drops cookie recipeCream together butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.  About 5 minutes.  Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeAdd the dry ingredients.  Mix until the dough comes together.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeWrap the dough in plastic and chill 4 hours or overnight.

white chocolate ginger drop recipeUsing an ice cream scooper, portion dough and roll into balls.  Coat the dough balls in sugar.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipePlace the cookies on parchment lined baking sheets and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeTake the cookies out of the oven and immediately place a few white chocolate chips in the center.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipeCool completely on racks.

white chocolate ginger drop cookie recipe

White Chocolate Ginger Drops [Week 1 of 12 Weeks of Cookies 2011]

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  3. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Mix until the batter just together, being careful to not overmix.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  7. Using an ice cream scooper, portion dough and roll into balls. Coat the dough balls in sugar.
  8. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Take the cookies out of the oven and immediately place a few white chocolate chips in the center.
  10. Cool completely on wire racks.
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54 Responses to White Chocolate Ginger Drops [Week 1 of 12 Weeks of Cookies 2011]

  1. Tracy says:

    I love a good spice cookie, and these look fabulous. So glad to be baking along with you again this year! :-)
    Tracy recently posted..Half Moon (Black & White) Cookies

  2. Jodi says:

    Very happy to have found your blog yesterday and starting the 12 weeks of cookies with you. I’m always looking for that “little something” to bring along to parties or family gatherings during the holidays.

  3. Benthe says:

    I finally found a place where they sell molasses here in Holland so I saved this recipe immediately :)

  4. Denise @ TLT says:

    I know: can’t believe tomorrow is already October. I thought this was still summer…
    But these cookies are a wonderful reason to celebrate: gorgeous!
    Denise @ TLT recently posted..Salmon to Impress

  5. Ohmygoodness! Already?? I participated last year (completely on my own mind you) but I don’t think I’m ready this year so start embracing the holiday season. Maybe once Thanksgiving (Canadian) is upon us I can jump in the boat. 10 Weeks of Cookies anyone?

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  7. Emily says:

    You do not know HOW excited this post made me! I love Christmas, so much, and I look forward to the building anticipation all year! Not to mention I’m a big fan of October. You made my Friday by pointing out that October is tomorrow and 12 weeks until Christmas.

  8. Amy says:

    You were talking about the weather… About 2-3 weeks from now is the perfect time for you to return to, and fall in love with, Lawrence. Go for a home football game- KU, of course. Don’t buy tickets. First drive around campus and admire how beautiful it is, then take the kiddos and a blanket and head to “the hill” where you can sit and watch the game for free. It’s wonderful. Then go back the following day, without the kiddos, and make a serious dent in your Christmas shopping on Mass. street! You will fall in love. :-)
    Amy recently posted..Gazpacho, Day 92, 8/28/11

    • bakedbree says:

      I do love Lawrence! Casbah Burger is one of the best burgers that I have ever eaten. Where is “the hill”? This is a great idea, thank you for sharing.

      • Amy says:

        I don’t think Casbah Burger was there when I attended KU. And if it was, I missed it. :-( And I’m a vegetarian now so… “The hill” is literally the hill on the south side of Memorial Stadium that leads up to campus. Lots of people watch the entire game from there. I hope you go.
        Amy recently posted..Gazpacho, Day 92, 8/28/11

  9. Katrina says:

    We lived in Lawrence, KS for 5 years, just moved away last summer. We sure have missed how pretty and green it is there!
    The cookies look great, perfect for the holidays.
    Katrina recently posted..Devil’s Food Cake Mix Cookies and Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies (Low Fat)—12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies AND Cookie Carnival

  10. Barbara says:

    Wish I could do it with you this year! But I’m going to settle for looking and copying all these marvelous recipes.
    Love your ginger cookies with their little white chocolate tops!
    Barbara recently posted..50 Women Game Changers in Food: #17, Dorothy Hamilton

  11. Sam says:

    Hey, this is my first experience with you. My sister recommended me your blog. I can see she is so much obsessed with your blog. I haven’t given a shot to those bites. But they sure look amazing. Hope they taste the same. Wish me luck.
    Sam recently posted..Physical Therapy Assistant

  12. Love the idea of including the spices in this recipe. The flavor must be so good. And the house must smell really good when this is cooking. I just did a recipe where I put the white morsels/chocolate chips in the middle of a cookie right out of the oven. I really liked how they were just partially melted.

  13. Laura says:

    I am always so reluctant to let go of summer, but when I do I always remember that I love this season most of all (living in New England makes it almost impossible not to love fall!) I am a huge Christmas cookie baker, so I am excited for this series. Thanks for your constant inspiration!
    Laura recently posted..Lessons for Parents on Self-Control

  14. Cora White says:

    I love spice cookies as well. I can’t wait to make these. In about three weeks when I will let myself eat carbs and sugar again.

  15. Jamie says:

    I just love Fall and there is nothing better than baking spice cookies. I’m making some today actually. I love the addition of white chocolate on the top of yours. Happy you are baking along again. I’m looking forward to see what you bake up.
    Jamie recently posted..The Countdown Begins…..12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies 2011

  16. corey says:

    Oh man! 12 weeks of cookies already? Those look divine!

  17. Those white chocolate chips on top make your cookies look so cute. I just love a good ginger cookie. So glad to be baking along with you.
    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies recently posted..Sweets for a Saturday #37

  18. I think fall and Christmas are a tie for my favorite time of year and we always love a tasty ginger cookie! This one may just have to kick things off for us too. So glad you have joined up with the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies again this year.
    Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic recently posted..The Great Pumpkin Cheese Ball

  19. I love any type of ginger cookie and these are so….. pretty!
    The Café Sucré Farine recently posted..Roasted Carrot and Coriander Soup with a Greek Yogurt and Fresh Herb Drizzle

  20. [...] Ginger is pretty much the official spice of October, so I guess I shouldn’t surprised to see it turning up again and again in the recipes I’m finding lately. I’m not sure if it’s the name or the photos that make this next one irresistible, but I’m definitely planning to try these White Chocolate Ginger Drops from Bree Hester. This is just Week One of Bree’s series, “12 Weeks of Cookies,” so I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. (Baked Bree) [...]

  21. LeAnn says:

    Ok so excited I’m having Christmas at our house for the first time and I’m going to attempt your 12 weeks of cookies! But not sure what to do after I make them do I freeze them? What’s the best way to do that? Thanks by the way love your blog I’m a mom of two little ones (1yr and 2yrs old) and I too am determined to put a home cooked meal on the table every night your recipies have helped me out on many days!

    • bakedbree says:

      It depends on what you are trying to freeze. Not all of the 12 weeks treats can be frozen. But most cookies can. Wrap really well in plastic wrap and then in a Ziploc bag is how I do it. I am glad to hear that you are cooking every night. It can be a pain, but so worth it.

  22. Angie says:

    I made these yesterday… out of control amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Lori says:

    BREE! These were SOOOO good. We are not ginger snap lovers and we all couldn’t stop eating these. Big hit around here. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  24. Jenn says:

    I just pulled a batch out of the oven and they are amazing! I’m not usually one for spice cookies but the flavour is a little on the milder side and so delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to be baking along with you for your 12 weeks.
    Jenn recently posted..Our Year in Photos: My September Photographs

  25. Valentina says:

    Bree, I always love your step by step images. Beautiful. Loving all the cookies! :-)
    Valentina recently posted..Friday Flowers: Gerberas and Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs

  26. [...] This year it was Bree who jolted me into reality with her White Chocolate Ginger Drops. [...]

  27. MAYA says:

    How many dozen cookies does this recipe make? They look so yummy I am making them for a ckkie exchange party.

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