These are my favorite ginger cookies, and they have become a Christmas tradition for my family. Wet your hands with water before rolling the cookies into balls and this will keep the dough from sticking to your fingers.
This is the second year I've made these for the holidays, and I think they've become my signature cookie - I've gotten lots of requests for the recipe. The dough is very sticky, but resolves itself once you roll your portions in the sugar. Just make sure not to overmix - I did the first time I made these and they didn't turn out quite as good.
I made these yesterday - funny everyone says they are sticky I thought they were too dry - as always on a new recipe I made a half batch. They went hard and way not chewy. I made the additions molasses (3/4 c)and ginger (2 tsp)(they were not snappy enough for me). I live high altitude so everything takes tweaking. The flavor is good but I'm not sure I will try these again.
I agree with other comments - the dough is quite sticky. I just treated them like a drop cookie and used a 2 tablespoon disher to make them consistant in size. Then I sprinkled the finishing sugar on top before sticking them in the oven. A lot easier than trying to roll them by hand. I unintentionally put in 2 tbsp of ginger instead of 1 - but they still taste good, probably a little more aggressive flavor this way. Really straightforward recipe though, I'm looking forward to building some interesting adaptations from it, like the adding chocolate chips or cashews like the magazine suggests.
I put the dough in the fridge for about an hour before baking them. The dough was very sticky and it would have been too difficult to roll into balls. Refrigerating definitely helped! I also added some crystallized ginger to the batter which made them super delicious! And, because I can never help myself and just leave well enough alone, I made a simple glaze to drizzle over the tops of the cookies. I used powdered sugar and a little milk until it was at the consistency I wanted. I then added a sprinkle of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to it because those were the flavors in the cookies. They turned out great! They were a little flatter than I was expecting, but chewy and delicious as promised! Check your oven temp because it only took about 10 minutes for these cookies to bake in my oven at 350. I think my oven may be a little off. Enjoy! :)