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!
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
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla flavour
1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger
Finely chop the dates and Stem ginger & place in a bowl ( I whiz the two up in a food mixer with the ginger syrup)
Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well, for me this means tip everything into the food mixer & blend until a dough forms)
Roll the dough into balls and place on a greased baking sheet, then place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees
Bake for about 10 minutes until golden. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the baking tray.
Enjoy with a cup of coffee before the children find them!
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.
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