Friday, February 12, 2010

Triple Ginger Chews

Triple Ginger Chews 

I published this recipe on a certain social networking site a while back, but the formatting got confused and made it tough to link to. Good recipe when you are feeling blue because of the B vitamins in the molasses. If you leave out the eggs, these are amazingly buttery.

Triple Ginger Chews 

2 cups all purpose flour 
2 cups oatmeal baby food, or finely ground oatmeal 
2 teaspoons allspice 
2 teaspoons ginger powder 
1 teaspoon salt 

12 oz butter (about 3 sticks), room temperature 
1/2 cup molasses 
1 1/2 cup sugar 
1/4 cup grated ginger 
2 eggs(well beaten) 
1 cup crystallized ginger, finely minced 

1/2 cup large-grain sugar like Turbino or sugar in the raw 

Mix dry ingredients. In separate, larger bowl, cream butter, molasses and sugar. Then add eggs, fresh and crystallized ginger and mix well. Gradually add dry mix to wet mix. Stir until flour is absorbed. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls. Roll to coat in large grain sugar, then place on baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should darken, puff up and crack. Remove from oven, cool and serve. 

I used the baby food as a dry flour because it works great as an additive to almost any baking and helps up the nutritional value of things my kids will eat without questioning if it is icky. To make an easy 'oat flour', blend oatmeal until powdery and fine, or just grind it if you have a wheat grinder. These cookies are also good with whole wheat flour. The molasses hides the darker color and again, makes these slightly healthier. :D

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