OK, so now that we have all that candied ginger, what are we going to do with it?
I’ve been known to eat it plain (shhhhh…) like, well, candy, but since it keeps well and since we have so much of it, I’m always hunting for ideas.
Mostly I use it in baking. This season I’ve been taking macaroons to parties. I got the recipe from The Splendid Table and I am here to tell you that if Lynne Rosetto Kasper says it is good and easy you can believe her. At least, her idea of easy and mine seem to be about the same. This isn’t always the case with “celebrity chefs” but that is another story…
Anyway, I found this truly quick and easy recipe for cookies that just happen to be gluten free as well. Mmmmmm…
You can read the Splendid version here, or you can just trust me that these are truly splendid!
Now, at the bottom of their recipe page they offer a few options. I read them all and, since I love chocolate and ginger I figured why not add both – so I did. So far no one has complained (grin).
Here’s all it takes to make about 35 or so cookies:
Simply Splendid Choco-Ginger Macaroons
2 large eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2-3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 heaping tablespoons candied ginger, chopped very fine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread a sheet of parchment paper over a large cookie sheet.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, and extract. Add the cocoa powder and ginger and mix well. It will look shiny when it is mixed enough. Stir in the coconut until it is completely moistened. This is not supposed to be a batter, but rather well-moistened clumps of coconut. If it looks “runny”, add more coconut.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the parchment on the baking sheet, and bake them 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool. When completely cool, package in something airtight (bag or box) and try not to eat them all before the party. Mmmmmmmm…
I got a “double ginger cookie” recipe from a friend recently. I think *one* of the gingers will be the candied stuff I have in the fridge. Watch this space… (grin) Mmmmmm!
Here’s hoping for a slightly spicy, totally splendid holiday season for all! Be well, eat well, and enjoy!