Ginger Chocolate Cookies

At last I got around to baking the cookies I’d wanted to bake this weekend. Mum helped with mincing the candied ginger, I chopped the dark chocolate, both of us cut raisins into small bits. All the ingredient required by the recipe:

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 250g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125g candied ginger, minced
  • 125g butter or margarine
  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g ground hazelnuts
  • 200g raisins, minced
  • 250g whole meal wheat flour

For the icing:

  • 1 lemon
  • Some icing sugar
  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 50g almond slivers
  • 50g candied ginger slivers (cut them yourself from bigger pieces)

Mix the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy. Then add one after the other: chopped chocolate, minced candied ginger, ground hazelnuts, minced raisins and last, the flour. The dough turns into a stiff sticky mass. Butter a baking sheet and spread the dough evenly onto it. Bake it in the oven at 175°C for 25 to 30 minutes.

Cut into squares on the baking sheet while still warm. Wait until the cookies cool (don’t remove them from the baking sheet) and then decorate half the squares with lemon icing (mix a bit of lemon juice with icing sugar) and candied ginger slivers, the other half with melted dark chocolate and almond slivers. Transfer to a cookie box when the icing is dry (should be air-tight, so that the cookies don’t dry out).

These are non-vegan (obviously). I make an exception for Christmas cookies. We otherwise bake only vegan cakes and cookies, but the Christmas cookies are traditional in my family and I don’t want to change the recipes.

It was quite cold today and, at least in the afternoon, sunny. We had our usual walks with Curious Dog. I did a lot of reading but am still not finished with Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. Turns out that there’s a really long epilogue for which my Kindle version doesn’t count the pages. Very strange! I should get finished tonight. We watched the next Mandalorian episode (good) and tonight we’ll be watching the Tatort crime series as usual. It was a nice, quiet day. Restful and not too busy.

Mum’s Stollen was yummy. We had some for afternoon coffee. For dinner we had a leek, potato and celeriac cream soup, made by Partner, also delicious and warming. With the Tatort, we’ll treat ourselves to some hot spiced wine. Maybe it will knock me out (wine makes me sleepy) and then I won’t be able to finish my book, but who cares.

Keep safe, world

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