Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ginger gems and pumpkin dip

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:
Ginger Gems
*3/4 cup shortening         *4 TBSP molasses           *1 cup sugar             *1 egg
*2 cups flour                  *2 tsp baking soda           * 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
*1/4 tsp. nutmeg              *1/2 tsp allspice               *1/2 tsp. cloves
*1/2 tsp. ginger

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. 
Pumpkin Dip
*15 oz. can pumpkin pie filling (without the spices)
*1 8oz. block of cream cheese, softened
*2 cups powdered sugar
*1/2 tsp. ginger
*1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix and chill. 


Gloria said...

Mmmm mmmm....those look yummy! They would scream Autumn to me too! Love their catchy name...:)

Enjoy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

Stephanie said...

I make pumpkin dip as well, it looks very similar to your recipe. I love it, so good, and I bet those cookies taste great in it! Actually I'm having trouble remembering what I dip in mine, I know I've done a mixed tray of stuff like graham crackers and apples. I'm going to need to make these cookies! Thanks for sharing :)

Julie Smith said...

These look absolutely incredible. And dipping them in pumpkin dip? I don't think it gets better than that.

Meadow Walk said...

oh YUMMMMMMMMM!!! I am a Pumpkin Baby (birthday in October) so I love pumpkin anything! I love going to the Cheesecake Factory for Pumpkin Cheesecake for my birthday! (it was soooo goooood)

Oh wow this recipe looks fantastic!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Oh -- I used to make ginger snaps and a similar dip for the annual teacher luncheon at my kids' elementary school. I completely forgot about them. (Your cookies look perfect!).

And I had to laugh about your mom being your home ec teacher. I was so grateful that mine wasn't -- she gave up the teaching gig when I was born, though she substituted once in a while (that was bad enough).

Tracy said...

Oh, YUM...yummy... Thank for this great recipe, Lisa! I love gingery & spicy flavors! This time of year I usually make my Mom's recipe for pumpkin bread, only during autumn & winter, as well as her sugar cookies, as they ware always on the table at Christmas. They're like a taste of home. :o) Happy Autumn Days ((HUGS))

Larissa said...

My mouth is watering! I love ginger in anything and ginger snaps may very well be my favorite cookie. These look like they have the perfect combo of crispy and chewy. I will make these - i usually sub out the shortening for butter but i'm thinking they won't be nearly as chewy if i do that here. Thanks for sharing this!

Are you making another batch for your guy - i'm worried that he didn't get enough with you taking these yummies to the meeting and all...my heart melted with the 'make them all year' quote! Love you girl!

Christina said...

Ooohhhhh, these look beyond delicious! I totally sympathize with your guy; I have a beloved ginger cookie recipe that I make all year round...

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Thank you for sharing! We have some pie pumpkins and I am collecting recipes to use them in.
Warm wishes,

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those look delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I love having something new to make.

Kristyn Knits said...

I'm thinking these look like the perfect autumn weekend snack! and you added pumpkin dip!! oh my. I'll be printing out this recipe and adding it to my binder! I'm looking forward to making Pilgrim Pies for Thanksgiving!!

Heather said...

Um, these both look amazing, and I am making them over the weekend! Thank you for sharing. I have never had a pumpkin before, and I am so excited!

Pam T said...

Hey Girl...made these today after school with my 2 girls from Uganda. They are now an international hit! Great with a pot of tea.

hip-chick said...

oo that sounds very good. I think I will try these out this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh yes, there are many recipes that scream fall to me too. I make those ginger gems too...love them! That dip is another story! YUM. I will have to try that. Nice that you stopped by my blog today. I hope to get back into blogging as soon as the reception is over. Thanks for your sweet compliments. :)