This is a cookie that goes well with the melon sherbet and ice creams in this chapter, or for that matter with any frozen dessert. The assertive ginger flavor is typical of many Japanese dishes, though this cookie is also a little reminiscent of the Austrian Linzer torte.
Cream the butter and sugars together until well combined and fluffy. (The Japanese traditional suribachi mortar happens to do a fabulous job of creaming untraditional materials such as butter and granulated sugar. Of course a blender, wh