The good news is that you no longer have to brave the humongous lines if you want a Bakesale Betty ginger molasses cookie.
The bad news is that you still will if you want Betty’s famous fried chicken sandwich.
That’s because blue-wigged Betty, aka owner Allison Barakat, has now packaged her popular cookie in a mix that you can buy to make at home. The Ginger Molasses cookie mix is sold exclusively at Williams-Sonoma stores. It won’t be available on the store’s Web site until the fall, though.
The mix comes in an adorable white box tied with string to mimic a bakery box.
You add butter and an egg, as well as your own granulated sugar for sprinkling on top of the cookies before baking.
These cookies bake up big — one will cover your outstretched palm. They taste classic and old-fashioned with a spicy, malty warmth. The directions on the box say to form the dough into balls, which you “slightly flatten.” The emphasis should be on “slightly,” as these cookies spread quite a bit, so just press down enough on them so they don’t roll around on the cookie sheet. Be sure not to overbake them, either, as they will go from crisp edges and chewy center to teeth-cracking hard if they’re in the oven a minute too long. Although the directions say to bake for 18 to 20 minutes, I found that 17-18 minutes worked best in my gas oven.
The mix is made with Australian crystalized ginger, molasses powder, cinnamon, allspice and malted barley flour. Each cookie has 200 calories.
Each $16 box makes 12 cookies. At the two Bakesale Betty bakery locations in Oakland, the cookies are $1.25 each. Do the math and figure that the mix will cost you $1 more to bake a dozen cookies yourself at home rather than to buy them already made at the bakery. No doubt, though, you’d have to wait in a long line at that bakery to do so. Plus, you’d end up spending even more, as you’d never be able to resist ordering one of those crunch-a-licious fried chicken sandwiches while you were there.
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