Happy Friday !! Most people think about ginger treats just for Christmas season BUT ginger is a great ingredient which is good for stomach problems like gas, diarrhea, nausea,etc. It also helps to reduce muscle pain and soreness. I always carry some ginger candy every time I travel by plane, it really helps my stomach and digestion.
The best brand of ginger products (in my opinion) is The Ginger People. They carry different things like ginger candy, shots, syrup (for your pancakes or waffles yum!), crystallized ginger (perfect for baking), sushi ginger, sauces, juice, etc. If you are interested in knowing more about these products, visit their website: https://gingerpeople.com/
Let’s talk about this recipe. These cookie is packed with spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves BUT I also added crystallized ginger so we can get that warm taste we like.
About the filling… It took me a few days to decide what kind of filling I wanted for these fabulous ginger cookies. Finally, I decided to use passion fruit because I think the sweetness and tanginess of this fruit pair perfect with the spicy and warm ginger flavors.
Let’s start with the recipe.
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped in tiny pieces (The Ginger People)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/4-1/2 cup white granulated sugar(for rolling)
For the filling
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
4 tablespoon passion fruit juice
For the cookies
1.- In a bowl, mix all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and all the spices. Add crystallized ginger. Set aside.
2.- In a bowl of a stand up mixer beat butter for about 2 minutes. Add dark brown sugar and mix for 2 minutes. Add molasses. Mix.
3.- Add dry ingredients mixture and mix until everything is well combined.
4.- Pour dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
Preheat oven 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
5.- Take chilled dough out of the fridge and start making dough balls. Roll each ball into the granulated sugar and place them on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14minutes. Let them cool completely.
For the filling
It’s not very hard to find passion fruit. You might not find it fresh in the produce aisle, BUT you can find it frozen. If you have a Hispanic grocery store, I totally recommend going there.
*I used frozen passion fruit and warm it up in the microwave (just a chunk). It will be juice after you warm it up. Also, if yours have seeds, please take them out*
2.-In a bowl of a stand up mixer, beat butter for about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and mix until all is well incorporated. Add passion fruit juice. It will curdle but that’s ok, just keep mixing and all will come together.
3.-Place some filling on the top of a cookie and then cover it with another one. You’ll make about a dozen of these treats.