I have come across a few recipes using crystallized ginger and I became curious about this product. I found a jar of diced crystallized ginger in the spice aisle at Meijer but it was too expensive. Around Thanksgiving, Meijer put out their biggest display of candied fruits that I’ve ever seen. Among them was a small container of crystallized ginger.
The pieces were big and looked delicious! $2.99 for 4 oz. You know me, I couldn’t resist. Plus, one of my favorite cookies, when I have a cookie or two, is Ginger Snaps. Unfortunately, they just don’t make the ginger snaps that I like in these parts! So, lucky for you, I decided to make my own using crystallized ginger. Two recipes came inside the container: ginger snaps and ginger bars. I opted for the ginger snaps. That is how this post got selected for this month’s New Food Friday Flash.
But how did cookies get to be on a blog that purports to be about getting and maintaining good health? Give me a minute; I’ll come up with something.
OK, this cookie recipe calls for molasses. I use blackstrap molasses and it’s extremely high in iron. I don’t think there is anything out there that contains more iron. The recipe also calls for an egg. Eggs get a bad rap. They are good for you, especially Eggland’s Best eggs which I always use because they contain more vitamins and minerals than in regular eggs with double the Omega 3. Also, ginger is good for you. According to WebMD, Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. Researchers believe the chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestines, but they may also work in the brain and nervous system to control nausea. Click the link to learn more. The recipe also calls for cinnamon which adds sweetness and is good for you. There are no preservatives or unpronounceable ingredients in this homemade cookie recipe as you will undoubtedly find in a store shelf cookie.
Satisfied? Good! Here is the recipe:
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
4 oz. Paradise Crystallized Ginger, chopped coarsely (came with a 50¢ coupon)
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine softened butter, sugar, molasses and egg, beat well.
Add chopped crystallized ginger pieces.
Mix dry ingredients together, add to wet mixture, mix well.
Chill for 1 hour. Form into 1” balls, roll in sugar, and place on greased cookie sheet, 2” apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Makes 36 cookies.
I think they taste great dunked in tea with honey and lemon.