On the Island

Baking for 300: Chewy Ginger Cookies


Meals on Star Island are community gatherings. Long tables seating 10 are each their own microcosm of conversation. At breakfast people converse over their night’s sleep; at lunch the morning theme talk is parsed out; at dinner the day’s accomplishments are discussed. And when the meal is nearing its conclusion, talk turns to dessert, whether that be a cup of coffee and fruit after breakfast, or a cookie to punctuate dinner.

Busy throughout the day, our bakers fill us with the love that is sugar, butter, and flour. Here’s a recipe from their cookbook for chewy ginger cookies. Please note, the recipe is for 300 guests, so plan on sharing if you decide to follow this recipe.

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Wet Ingredients
7 1/2 lbs of butter
15 lbs of brown sugar
20 eggs
5 tablespoons vanilla

Dry Ingredients
37 1/2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of salt
5 tablespoons baking soda
7 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
7 1/2 teaspoons of ground cloves
2 cups and 1/2 tablespoon of ground ginger

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients until well blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in three stages, mixing until combined.

Using an ice cream scoop to get uniform size, scoop out the dough leaving a two inch gap in between. Bake for 12 minutes, or until just golden on the edges.

Bake these just until they are golden on top. Then, let sit and firm up, and they are the perfect soft ginger chewy.

Find 300 friends and eat some cookies!

Want to know how to make Star Island’s Lemon Sugar Cookies? Click here for the recipe.