GINGER SPICED COOKIES
These cookies are easy and great to make. They have a chewiness and a crispiness to them, that make them so moorish. The warmth of ginger comes through and is delightful with a cup of tea! If you’re not a big fan of ginger replace with another dried fruit and a pinch of cinnamon or nutmet. Or just use the Spice Yard’s BAKING (WINTER) SPICE BLEND
I’ve put my twist on this by adding the Baking/Winter spice blend (not just for Winter!). . Suggestions for other dried ingredients are: milk/dark/white chocolate chips; dried fruits like raisins, sultanas, apricots, cranberries; peanuts (unsalted), flaked almonds, chopped nuts, hazelnuts.
Recipe (makes 16 large; or approx. 30 smaller ones)
- 350 g self raising flour
- 115 g salted butter softened
- 125 g soft light brown sugar
- 200 g caster sugar
- 2 tsp of ground ginger
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 1/2 tsp of Winter spice blend
- 100 g of chopped crystallised ginger/ or any combination of dried ingredients
Planning & Preparation
- Pre heat oven to 170C
- Line at least 2 baking sheets/trays with baking paper (4 if you’re making smaller ones)
- Beat the egg
- Add the bicarbonate soda and winter spice mix to the flour
- If using dried ingredients, ensure all the pieces are the same size, chop if needed
- Melt down the butter and golden syrup on a low heat on the hob or in the microwave
- Add the beaten egg to the bowl of butter and syrup.
- Carefully tip in the flour with the ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda
- Now fold in the dried ingredients
- If the mixture seems too thick, add a little milk until you get a light creamy texture.
- Divide the mixture into 16 portions and roll each into a ball
- Take each ball of the dough and drop on the baking sheet about 8 cm apart.
- Gently pat down with your fingers
- If you are making the smaller ones, allow plenty of space in-between, at least 4 cm apart.
- Place in the oven for about 10-15 mins.
- Once golden, take out of the oven and leave to cool down before you transfer them onto a plate or biscuit jar.