Do you have seasonal foods that you only seem to make at certain times of the year? I tend to have an collection of desserts and dishes that I only make in the autumn. Pumpkin cake, pumpkin curry soup, and pilgrim cakes, just to name a few.
Ginger gems are one of those cookies that just scream autumn to me. They are ginger snaps that you dip in a creamy pumpkin dip. The crunchy/chewy cookie and the creamy sweet dip are perfect together.
I gathered this recipe from a friend many years ago and it's one that's stood the test of time. (thanks Beth Ann!) I go back to it over and over again. When I made them to take to a meeting, my guy asked me why I didn't make them all summer. I was trying to explain to him that they were an autumn treat. "Mom", he said, "These are too good to be just for autumn time. Make them all year." Well. There you have it. I guess we'll be enjoying these year round.
Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try them:
*3/4 cup shortening *4 TBSP molasses *1 cup sugar *1 egg
Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients. Chill for 1 hour. Roll into balls and then roll in sugar. Bake 10 minutes at 375 until edges are light brown and middles are soft. Serve with Pumpkin Dip.
*15 oz. can pumpkin pie filling (without the spices)