When I think of cookies, I think of derby. When I think of derby, it makes me miss home and miss my league High Tide Derby. My derby name was Cookie Cut-Her. It suited me for all the love I have of baking. High Tide Derby was part of me, and the coaching was motivating and hard; I loved every minute. I miss the camaraderie and the physical outlet. I miss lacing up my skates. I tried skating here in WA and the roads were so steep I flattened my wheels trying to slow down.
Tomorrow I look forward to meeting up with a friend at a roller rink 30 minutes from town. It’ll bring that inner joy that reminds me of being a kid. I don’t think I’ll ever stop roller skating, nor will I ever forget loading my league up with home-baked cookies. Here’s a recipe for you coach Albert & coach Eddie, and all you fine ladies. Thanks for all the fond memories. Missing you!
COOKIE DOUGH: (yield: 18-20 cookies)
1/2 cup fresh chopped ginger
1/3 cup of organic cane sugar
2/3 cup sugar – divide. (1/3 for the recipe and 1/3 for the rolling)
6 Tbsp of Earth Balance
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp. of egg replacer by Ener-G
1 Tbsp. almond milk
2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
In a blender or food processor, whirl fresh chopped ginger with 1/3 cup sugar until ginger is finely ground. Set aside. In a bowl, hand blend Earth Balance, 1/3 cup of sugar until fluffy. In the same bowl, add ginger/sugar mixture, molasses, and egg” replacer with the bit of almond milk. Hand blend until combined well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine wet ingredients to dry. Chill dough for one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into balls about 1 inch size and coat or roll in remaining sugar. Place the sugared balls 2-3 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool.