Chocolate ginger spiced cookies are all the flavours of a cozy treat rolled into bite sized eats.
Ginger and cinnamon have such a fall and winter vibe to them, even though you can (and should) obviously eat them whenever you want. When making food for kids, don’t be afraid of adding flavour with herbs and spices. Children don’t need to eat bland food (their digestive system is fully equipped to deal with spices), and can be introduced to spices really early -even as soon as they start eating solids. In fact, I first made these ginger cookies with my campers aged 5-11 and they were a huge hit! I decided to upgrade them for company with a chocolate ganache-textured filling, and once again they were super popular with the adults and kids!
Spices not only give great taste to food, they have important health benefits. Ginger is famous for its anti-nausea properties, but it is also an anti-inflammatory and beneficial for gut-health. Cinnamon has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and may be protective against neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Granted, this is a recipe for cookies, and I’m not trying to pass them off as a health food. But why not have some added nutritional and health benefits while you enjoy dessert?? Because a little bit of spice makes everything nice!
Sweet and spice makes these cookies very nice
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F
Cream together oil, sugar and egg
Stir in vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg
Combine flour and baking soda. Mix well
Form small and flat cookies (try to keep them uniform)
Bake for 12-15 minutes
Combine all icing ingredients
Add in drops of water and mix. The desired consistency is so icing can be rolled into balls.
When cookies are cool, pair up like-sized cookies. Roll icing into a small ball, and stick between 2 cookies to form a sandwich.
Alternatively: When forming cookies, press thumb or small spoon in centre to form an indent. After cooling, fill indent with icing and smooth down.
Cookies can be frozen after being assembled