I’m on a roll. I’ve had a great day today.
I also had a great Tuesday. My students excelled–way above expectations. Felt truly good and I wanted to show them. But then things got really rushed this morning and I almost didn’t make the cookies. I had wanted to make peanut butter cookies initially but it required freezing the dough and I definitely did not have that kind of time.
So it fell on these ginger cookies, that seemed a snap, to deliver. It also gave me an opportunity to use the ginger (and the pic!) I bought on the road-side at one of our many tea-stops during the recent trip. And who doesn’t like spicy ginger cookies? (Though, I must add, I prefer ginger snaps) And these are full of spices: pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon as well. Perfect with tea.
I shared it with my happy students today and they have promised to work even harder!
(adapted from Nic’s recipe for Spiced up Ginger Cookies)
1 1/4 C atta/whole wheat flour
1 C refined flour
2t baking soda (see note)
1T ginger powder
1t cinnamon powder
1t black pepper powder
1/2t cardamom powder
3/4 C sugar (see note)
1/4 C gur (jaggery)
1/2 C grated fresh ginger
sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 350F (gas mark 6). Sift together the flours, salt, baking soda, and the powdered spices. To the gur (broken into bits) add a tablespoon of water and zap in the microwave for a min. Stir (zap again for a bit, if needed) so you have a thick syrup. In a bowl whisk together the sugar, oil, cooled gur, and the egg. Mix in the dry ingredients and the grated ginger. Pinch of balls and roll over fine or coarse sugar and bake for 7-8 min. Remove from sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack.
- You may reduce the sugar if you don’t like them too sweet. Or skip the sugar-rolling. I thought the ones rolled in fine sugar looked pretty. Granulated sugar added too much sugar-crunch.
- I had a big problem removing my first batch–lots of crumbs. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet as soon as you take them out of the oven. Then let them cool.
- I would also reduce the soda by 1/2t. I could taste it in the cookies. Or maybe my soda is very fresh.