We are experiencing quite the cold front here in Johannesburg, as we usher in the cold months. I dunno about you, but it has me wanting to snuggle in bed with something warm and sweet, reading a book. So, to do just that, I thought I’d share with you a recipe for ginger cookies.
I’m all for simple recipes with ingredients you can find in your cupboard. But not everyone may have cloves, and you can easily replace this with “allspice” or “mixed spice”, which has really strong elements of clove.
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves or allspice/ mixed spice
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp water
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar (can also use brown)
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius, and line a baking tray with baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are light and fluffy.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Add the water and honey to the creamed butter mixture and beat it until well-combined. Then slowly add the dry ingredients, while consistently mixing it after each addition. You should feel the batter harden.
- Wash your hands, and start to break off small sections on the batter and roll it in your hands. It should be the size of a walnut. Roll the ball in the sugar and press it down on the baking sheet. About 1 cm high, doesn’t have to be too specific.
- Bake it for about 10 minutes in the oven, before removing it and letting cool on a wire rack for about 5 – 10 minutes.
Nom nom nom! Absolutely love some spicy cookies in winter. And ginger ones are quite palatable for everybody. Maybe next time I’ll take it up a notch and make some Speculoos. But for now, try this out and let me know how it goes.
Thanks for reading!
And all that sweet stuff, B.