Ginger & Date Cookies

Posted on February 3rd, 2014

Treat Time

With six growing children to feed I really can’t afford bought treats. Seriously there is no cookie jar or treat cupboard in our house. My children would go wild for a digestive biscuit or a custard cream but there are none. If there were with two teens and four tweens the tin would be empty! My answer is home cooking and this includes the treats.  I have my basic recipes which I know by heart and rarely use a recipe book as quantity and time are my priority. However now and then when I am avoiding going out on a wet morning I like to experiment in the kitchen and surprise them with something new. My recipes are always tasty, quick and easy and involve sneaking in a few healthy ingredients so that when they tuck into their packed lunch or come in starving after school I have something nutritious and tasty on offer. These Ginger biscuits really didn’t hang around!

Ginger & Date Cookies

 

Ingredients for Ginger & Date Cookies

Ingredients for Ginger & Date Cookies

100g dried stoned dates

75g stem Ginger from a jar ( or 3 balls)

2 teaspoons of syrup from the ginger jar.

275g Self Raising Flour

125g demerara sugar

200g butter

1 teaspoon good quality vanilla flavour

1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger

Method

Finely chop the dates and Stem ginger & place in a bowl ( I whiz the two up in a food mixer with the ginger syrup)

 

Finely chopped Ginger & Date

Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well, for me this means tip everything into the food mixer & blend until a dough forms)

Cookie Dough

 

Roll the dough into balls and place on a greased baking sheet, then place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees

 

Dough balls cooking

 

Bake for about 10 minutes until golden. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the baking tray. 

 

 

Ginger & Date Cookies

 

Enjoy with a cup of coffee before the children find them!

 

Farmer Nick enjoys a morning cookie

 

Chef’s Tip

They will keep in an airtight container for at least a week (children permitting) and are a perfect no mess solution for packed lunches. You can taste the ginger but not the dates which just add goodness, fibre and texture with no complaints from the kids.