I adore everything ginger – it’s my favorite spice. Chewing on a chunk of sharp, sweet crystalized ginger; the smoky crumbly tang of a gingersnap melting over your tongue, the quench of a frosty glass of ginger beer, the exotic zest of an Asian marinade enlivening chicken or fish.
It’s one of those flavors so evocative of Fall and Winter.
Inspired by a cozy fire and a crisp afternoon, I researched recipes until I came up with my own perfect combination of components for an extra spicy gingersnap paired with creamy white chocolate. These are inspired by the cookies Chef used to make and top with sliced pear, fig preserves and crumbled bleu cheese, an amazing combination of salty, sweet, smoky and spicy that explodes against your taste buds. A truly tantalizing treat.
Spicy White Chocolate Chili Gingersnaps
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cool unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup molasses
2 large egg whites
6 oz white chocolate chips
Combine the flour, baking soda, and spices in a mixing bowl and set aside. Cream the butter until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugars and mix. Add the molasses and mix. Add the egg whites in 2 batches, mixing to combine after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, mixing to combine after each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips and gently mix.
Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls, then roll each ball in the sugar until lightly coated. Transfer to parchment lined cookie sheets, leaving 1-inch of space between the cookies.
Bake until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.