Fall is in the air. Maybe not during the day's which have still been quite warm for us. But when night comes, so does a chill that lingers well into the morning. Today when taking our puppy out for his 7am potty run I discovered that my shorts and flip flops weren't quite sufficient.
I love fall. Its the most romantic time of the year. The food, the colors. Each year my desire to bake explodes out of control and I begin dreaming of cinnamon ginger and chai around the clock.
To kick off my itch to bake comforting desserts, I though I might share with you a healthier version of one of my favorites; Ginger Molasses Cookies.
This recipe is simple and uses Cashew Flour which is a more unique ingredient. I highly recommend ordering a bag from Nuts.com. Frankly I'm not even really sure where else you would find it! The Cashew flour from nuts.com is coarsely ground. It has a similar texture to say a bag of Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour. I feel pretty confident due to this fact that you could make your own cashew flour and it would work well in this recipe. To do so simply pulse cashews in a high powdered blender or in a Coffee Grinder. Be careful not to over process to avoid the making of cashew butter.
These cookies have a strong caramel/molasses flavor. If you aren't a fan of that dark rich flavor feel free to replace a portion of all of the Coconut Palm Sugar with a white granulated variety- Organic Cane, Or even Xylitol would work as a great fill in which would further reduce the glycemic load. Additionally the molasses can be replaced with honey- though in doing this the flavor may change quite a bit.
- 2 Packed Cups Cashew Flour
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 2 Tbs Starch (Potato, Tapioca or Arrowroot)
- 1 1/2 Tsp powdered dried Ginger
- 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 Tsp Salt
- 2 1/2 Tbs Oil or Melted Butter (any variety)
- 3 Tbs Milk (any variety) or Water
- 2 Tbs Blackstrap Molasses
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients, and mix.
- Shape cookies into balls.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten cookies out with your palms.
- Cook for 12 minutes.
If you're in the mood to further jazz things up as I did you can drizzle a tiny bit of blackstrap molasses on the cooled cookies. You could also roll the cookie dough balls in additional Coconut palm sugar or finely diced candied ginger before baking.
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