Whoops… I baked.
Um really though? Like that’s any surprise at all, you all know me far too well.
And whatever, it’s the holidays and I can’t help it!! It’s like… wired into my synapses that as soon as it gets cold I have to make things. Not just any things but preferably cookies. COOOOOKIEEEEESSS!!! Holidays = cookies. Just like butter = heaven. Everyone knows that.
Besides, there are lots of excuses to feed people around the holidays and we know I really like doing that too.
As Brianna the Bestie (BtB?!) pointed out: “Because I know that’s something you hate to do… cook for people…”
Oi. I am so predictable sometimes.
But not always… I like to spice things up and keep it interesting. You’d get bored if I wasn’t kind of nuts and supremely hilarious all at the same time, wouldn’t you?!
Speaking of spice…
It’s in these cookies.
Because it’s the holidays! And even though I’m not a math person I’ll give you one more equation (because equal signs really mean balance and obviously your life needs cookies to have the proper balance): cookies = holidays = cold weather = spices. Like ginger and cinnamon. Luckily for you, these have both! So you don’t have to choose or anything… The hardest choice regarding these is probably whether or not to dip them in chocolate. And that’s not really a hard choice because seriously? Why WOULDN’T you?!
And maybe make a sandwich with them and some salted almond date caramel. Because I don’t know about you but that just took my cookie to a whole new gastronomical level. My cookie is in the stratosphere now. Is yours?
Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
Recipe gratefully adapted from Whole Pure Recipes, here! I made a half batch for a yield of 14 small cookies—I’ll post the measurements for the small batch here. Obviously I made the entire recipe of date caramel because hellllooooo, of course I want extra of that lounging around. Obvi.
Vegan and refined sugar free!
For the cookies:
- 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp cornstarch (organic, please)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 5 tbsp water
- 1/4 c unrefined coconut oil, slightly softened
- 1/4 c coconut sugar
- 1/8 c molasses
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- a bit of extra coconut sugar for rolling
Preheat the oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a smallish bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. In a really smallish bowl, combine flaxseed and water and set aside to gel. Now in a slightly largish bowl, combine coconut oil and coconut sugar. Using a whisk (I wanted a bicep workout, feel free to use an electric mixer or whatever), vigorously whisk together sugar and oil until the mixture lightens in color a bit. Whisk in molasses, vanilla, and the flax egg, until smooth. Add dry ingredients into wet in two batches, stirring to combine but avoiding over mixing. Roll the dough into small teaspoon size balls, roll it in the extra coconut sugar, and then flatten them slightly on the cookie sheet (they won’t really spread). Bake for just about 9 minutes, until the tops are firm. Remove and let cool for a few minutes, then move to a cooling rack.
For the salted almond date caramel:
- 1.5 c medjool dates, pitted
- 1.5 tbsp unsalted almond butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
Pour a few cups of near-boiling water over the pitted dates, and let them sit for about 10 minutes (while you do the cookie dishes and the cookies finish baking… multitasking, you know?), reserving the soaking water. Once softened, toss dates, almond butter, vanilla and sea salt into the bowl of your food processor, and send that baby for a whirl until everything is combined. Add the reserved soaking water one tbsp at a time, until the caramel is smooth (I usually leave some date chunks in there because I like chunks…). Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks, assuming it lasts more than a day…
For the chocolate dip:
- 1/3 c extra dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp refined coconut oil
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl (or a double boiler if you’re feeling less lazy than me) until melted.
Dip cookies in chocolate and thriftily eat the rest (it’s too good to waste!). I let mine sit on parchment paper on the counter for a bit before transferring them to a plate in the fridge for the shell to fully harden.