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Korean Ginger Cookies

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Learn how to make these korean style cookies with ginger called "Maejakgwa". These are perfect as gifts or for party snacks.

Cooking Recipe

Flour, salt, sugar, ginger, pine nuts, water, cinnamon powder, and vegetable oil.

1.In a large stainless bowl, place 2 cups of all purpose flour, ½ ts salt, 1 TBS sugar, 1 TBS ginger juice, and ½ cup water. Knead by hand for about 20 minutes.
*tip: If you use a food processor, kneading takes about 2 minutes. Be sure to change the blades on your food processor to dough-making blades!.

2. Put the cookie dough in a plastic bag and set it aside at least for 30 minutes.
3. Chop 2 TBS of pine nuts to garnish the cookies. Set aside.
4. Take the dough out from the plastic bag and roll it out with a rolling pin, into a roughly rectangular shape (about 50 cm x 40 cm, and 2 mm -- or 1/16 inch - thick).
5. Cut the sheet of cookie dough into little 2 cm x 6 cm rectangles.
6. Put the leftover dough edges into a plastic bag to protect them from drying out.
7. Make 3 slits in the middle of each piece of dough.
8. Push one end of the dough through the center slit to a make ribbon shape.
9. Take the leftover dough out and spread it on the cutting board with the rolling pin. Cut it into any of your favorite shapes: triangles, squares, whatever -- or use a cookie cutter.
10. Heat up vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan.
*tip: Put a sample of the cookie dough into the heated oil to check if it's the right temperature. The dough should float slowly on the surface of the heated oil.
Let's Make syrup!
Place ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water into a pot and bring to a boil over low heat for about 20 minutes. About half of the water should evaporate, so the syrup is nice and thick.

11. Turn the heat off and add 1 ts cinnamon powder and stir it well.
12. Gently toss the cookies with the syrup to lightly coat them.
13. Sprinkle the chopped pine nuts on top of the cookies.
14. Serve it with tea.

Korean Ginger Cookies
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