Ginger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate


Ginger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate

 

This recipe for ginger spiced butter cookies was first published on my previous blog, The Culinary Jumble, in November 2016. The recipe has been updated to include spelt flour, but the images remain the same.

There’s something about the approaching festive season that makes me want to had ginger to everything. Nothing has escaped it. From gingerbread dark chocolate brownies, to gingerbread chocolate honeycomb, they are all rocking a touch of spice. This time, it is butter cookies that have undergone a seasonal tweaking. 

Dark chocolate goes fabulously well with ginger, so decided to finish the cookies off by dipping them in melted chocolate.

Finally, I sprinkled a little of the crumbs leftover from when I made my chocolate honeycomb. You could decorate them with anything you like, or just leave them as they are.

 

Ginger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate

 

The cookies have a hit of mild spice which becomes more noticeable the longer they are left. However, they are most definitely not gingerbread cookies. 

Surprisingly, after a couple of days they were just as crisp as when they came out of the oven. I’ve found that cookies often go a little soft when left for a while, but not these little gems!

The measurements below will make around 20-30 cookies, depending on which cutter you use. They don’t have to be hearts – with Christmas rapidly on its way, these would be perfect in a tree shape, for example.

 

Ginger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Servings 25 cookies

Ingredients

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 230g butter (softened)
  • 280g flour (see note 1)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla sugar (see note 2)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Decoration:

  • 175g good quality dark chocolate (chopped into pieces)
  • crushed cinder toffee (see note 3)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C. Prepare a large baking tray (you may need two) with grease-proof paper.
  • Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
  • Sift the flour, vanilla sugar and spices together, then mix into the butter/sugar until a dough forms.
  • Using your hands, quickly work the dough into a ball, then divide it into two pieces. Take one piece and roll out between two sheets of grease-proof paper, until it is fairly thin.
  • Take your chosen cookie cutter and cut out the dough, using a palette knife to help move the cookie onto the baking tray (keeping space between each on as they do spread a little). Do the same with the other half of dough.
  • Bake for around 8-12 minutes (dependent on their size), just until the edges are browning. The rest of the cookie will look pale and be fairly soft, but they will harden as they cool. Leave the cookies on the baking tray for ten minutes or so, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie (double boiler), using a small but deep bowl if possible (it makes it easier to dip the cookies). Dip each cooled cookie in the melted chocolate, shaking off any excess, then place on a tray lined with grease-proof paper. Sprinkle over the cinder toffee (or whatever else you fancy). Allow the chocolate to set before eating. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. The recipe was originally made with regular flour. However, I now make these butter cookies with spelt flour. You can use either (no need to adjust the amount of flour).
  2. I use vanilla sugar in my recipes. If this is not available where you are, here's some handy advice from Leaf for converting to vanilla extract.
  3. You don't need to use cinder toffee. If you are making these as at Christmas, chop up some candy cane or throw over some festive-coloured sprinkles. 
Please note:  I measure my ingredients using grams (as I believe that weighing ingredients provides the best results). I use Cookitsimply's handy conversion tool when working between metric and imperial, but I can't guarantee the accuracy of these measurements. 

 

Ginger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark ChocolateGinger Spiced Butter Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate


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