Festive foodie delights… Ginger and Spelt Cookies

 

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Hi  Everyone, this is not a traditional festive bake, but if your a ginger fan then you will totally love these Spelt and Ginger Cookies…  warming, spicy, with a chewy texture and a nutty flavour from the spelt flour.  Yum!!  Nothing beats the delightful aroma of freshly baked cookies around Christmas time, or any time, to tickle those taste buds!!  So some cookies were in order!

These buttery deliciousness is a recipe from the amazing baker – Dan Lepard  from his book ‘Short and Sweet’, an old favourite of mine, full of both sweet and bread recipes. I have made these particular cookies many times and they never fail to disappoint.  Although I am always tempted to vary the recipe, perhaps adding different spices, like cinnamon or mixed spice, especially around Christmas time.  I think next time I shall use maple syrup instead of golden syrup as it gives a deeper flavour and not just as sweet.  I also always add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavour and balance the sweetness.  I guess its all down to your own personal taste.  Just have fun experimenting with your favourite sugars and spices and await the outcome!

Spelt and Ginger Cookies

50g  unsalted butter
50g caster sugar
50g light soft brown sugar
50g golden syrup
50g stem ginger, drained, chopped into small chunks
1 egg yolk
150g spelt flour
1tsp ground ginger
½tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt

Method

Heat the oven to 200°c/180°c fan/390°F.  Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

Warm the butter, golden syrup and stem ginger in a saucepan until the butter has melted.  Remove from the heat and beat in the two sugars and then the egg yolk followed by the flour, ground ginger and bicarb.  Stir to a soft dough.

Place teaspoon size balls onto the  baking sheet, spaced 6-8cm apart, as they spread when baking. Bake in batches for between 7-8 minutes until they puff up like macaroons with a golden tinge around the edges.

Remove from the oven, leave to cool on a rack while you bake the remaining mixture.  If you can resist not having a nibble!

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These little cookies are so quick to rustle up, no creaming or sifting, just melting, mix and combine! Easy peasy!!  Perfect if your looking for something different to bake around Christmas, other than shortbread.  Also make excellent gifts for those foodie friends who like something sweet.  Happy baking, experimenting and enjoy!

Mairead x

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