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Sunday, 3 February 2008

Chocolate Ginger Biscuits/Cookies

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These ginger biscuits have more than satisfied the cravings for ginger that I've had lately. Dip them into chocolate and you have the perfect adult biscuit.

I will be sending these along to one of my favourite food bloggers, Zorra from Kochtopf, who is hosting A Heart For Your Valentine, an event which showcases edible heart shaped delicacies. The round-up is being updated with incoming entries, and is full of fabulous food ideas to make for Valentine's Day.

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Chocolate Ginger Biscuits/Cookies
Heavily adapted from a gluten-free ginger biscuit recipe. I also had to add half an egg, as I was having trouble getting the dough to come together properly.
You can cut down on the amount of crystallized ginger if you want.

100g/4oz unsalted butter, softened
50g/2oz caster sugar
175g/6oz plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
50g/2oz crystallized stem ginger, finely chopped
½ a beaten egg

100g/4oz white chocolate, melted
100g/4oz dark or milk chocolate, melted

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the plain flour, baking powder, ground ginger and the finely chopped crystallized ginger. Stir to form a stiff dough, adding the beaten egg gradually.

Roll out the dough onto a lighly floured surface to about 3mm thick and cut out with a cookie cutter. Place the shapes onto baking sheets and place in the fridge for half an hour or so. You can re-roll the the trimmings to make more biscuits.

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/360ºF and bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes, until pale, golden and just crisp. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool and dip into the chocolate, or drizzzle melted chocolate on top. Leave to set.

(Printable Recipe)

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22 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

These cookies are pure genius with theri chocolate and ginger combo!!!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I love the simple elegance of these - beautifully done!

Jules said...

Dark chocolate and ginger is one of my favourite taste combinations. Your biscuits look beautiful.

Marie said...

Beautiful biscuits Nic! I love the flavours of chocolate and ginger combined. Well done!

PS- I am doing a Valentines Giveaway on my page if you want to hop on over there and get in on the fun!

Holler said...

Those look gorgeous! May I say, works of art!

LyB said...

I love the photos, very beautiful cookies! I also like the ginger-chocolate combo very much.

nicisme said...

Thanks Valli - they are a great combo for sure!

aforkfulofspaghetti - thank you!

Jules - mine too!

Marie - thanks.

Holler - I don't know about works of art but thank you anyway!!

LyB - I'm really into ginger at the moment and the chocolate is a bonus!

Rosie said...

Now your cookies are fantastic and such a great entry into "A Heart For Your Valentine"!!! Chocolate and ginger is such a good combo, perfection in cookie form!

Rosie x

Pixie said...

This looks and sounds wonderful, perfect combination of ingredients!

nicisme said...

Thanks Rosie - I have to agree about the 'good combo' in cookie form!

Pixi - thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comments!

Jennifer Crowe said...

These look fantastic and I would love to make these for my sweetie for valentine's day, as they would go great with my asian themed dinner of sushi and ginger shrimp. I am a little confused about the measurements though. I live in the U.S. and am not familiar with ounces and grams as far as cooking goes. I usually measure using tablespoons and cups. Also...caster sugar?? That threw me for a loop. Anyway, I would love to get in on the ginger cookie action, if only someone could convert the measurements for me!!

Thanks so much!!

nicisme said...

Hi there Jennifer,

I am glad you like the look of these, your dinner sounds delicious!

Caster sugar is just superfine sugar, not the powdered one.
Here are a few sites that do conversions into cups:
cooks.com
cusinecuisine.com
gourmetsleuth.com
Our tablespoons/teaspoons are the same as yours and 4oz butter is one stick.
The ginger looks like the one in this recipe.

Please let me know if you need any more help, oh - and go easy with the egg, you just want a pliable dough that's easy to roll out!

Jennifer Crowe said...

Thanks so much!! cooks.com was very helpful, as for the crystallized ginger.. I wouldn't know where to find that, I haven't seen that at my grocery store... I guess I will have to improvise. Anyway, thanks so much for your help!!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

With all your chocolate recipes, you sure know the way to your man(family)'s heart. Well done, I hope they appreciated it.

nicisme said...

Good luck Jennifer - hope you like them!

Nina - thanks and yes, it's a good job they all like chocolate!

Ginny said...

Beautiful! I'm a sucker for anything chocolate-ginger! I will have to try it sometime!

nicisme said...

Hi there Ginny! Me too - choc-ginger is a great combo!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

These are really lovely! I have some candied ginger chips and have been looking for a way to use them. I will have to try this.

Jeanne said...

Clever combo and what lovely-looking cookies! I think ginger cookies are just the best but there are few things in life that are not improved by chocolate dipping ;-)

Anonymous said...

omg! so yummy in my tummy!!!
-P.S delicioso~!!!!!

Anonymous said...

awww, they look like little vaginas, so cute! Yummy!!!!

Maureen said...

These are the most attractive cookies. Almost "grownup" cookies. :)