Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Homemade Ginger Bread cookies

I’m a tea person and I always try to explore new ways to enjoy my tea in the mornings before heading out. Now what better way is there to enjoy tea other than with homemade cookies. Even kids would love to take homemade cookies to school don’t you think???. I did as a kid, and back in the day whenever momma had time to make cookies it was always a delight to the fam. She always prepared the cookies ahead of time and when it was time to pack our lunch boxes, she’d simply place it in a special spot with a pack of juice…..away from the “Real meal” which we never bothered about cos it was always cold whenever we were ready to eat...lol. Apart from being simply delicious, it’s also pretty affordable and really easy to make as you are about to find out. 

•Prep time:  20 minutes
•Bake time: 45 minutes 
•Total time: 1 hr. 5minutes
•Makes:       14 ginger bread cookies

Ingredients:::
• 100g Margarine /Butter

Directions:::
Step 1: Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl till it turns pale and fluffy. Beat in the whisked egg gradually.
if it still has granules, beat some more till it dissolves

Step 2: Sift the Flour and ginger into the mixture and gradually mix with a spatula till a fairly firm dough is obtained. It shouldn't stick to your finger when you touch it.

Step 3: Roll the dough into small balls like the size of a walnut with both hands.

Step 4: Place the rolled dough on a baking sheet spaced apart (To give room to expand). With a spoon, press the rolled dough down a little so it’d look like thick discs

Step 5: Bake in an oven at 150◦c (300◦ F) for 40- 45 mins till crisp and lightly browned. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

Serve with your favorite beverage


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55 comments:

  1. Looks absolutely scrumptious!!!

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  2. bethel11:59 am

    Hmmm, quite easy, am def sharing dis link.

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    1. Yayyy!!! Thanks bee :)

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  3. Anonymous3:38 pm

    Wooooow!!!!,i was jst passing tru ur blog for d first time, and afta an 1hr 30mins am still here...lol. Luv ur pics,esp d fact dat u show pics of d ingredients n step by step preparations...bt pls oo,cn i use dat pot without sand method u talked abt to bake dis? Vikki

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    1. Thanks Vikki! Sure...You can Use the pot baking method to bake cookies :).

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  4. Anonymous2:45 pm

    This looks really nice but what else can i use apart from sugar and wheat, my boys r allergy to them?

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    1. Thanks Anon! The recipe requires wheat flour (white) and sugar and for now there are no substitutes. Would put up other cookie recipes you could choose from soon.

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  5. Anonymous3:07 pm

    Thanks dobby,I have always wanted to try making cookies, buh I didn't know if I should cream d sugar and butter till it's Fluffy cuz all d recipes I have seen only said cream butter and sugar . So if I was to do this wiv my hands I would do it for 1hr?
    Tokoni

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    1. No tokoni, I wouldn't advise you to cream with your hands O!...l:)l. You could use a Garri turner (wooden spatula) or simply a mixer so it'd be easier for you. If you mix till pale and fluffy, you'd know u've mixed well and you wouldn't have issues with your pastry.

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  6. Seriously Dobby, I don't like what you are doing. Why wouldn't you just invite me over. Can't we just hook up next month, so I can eat and be fat? It is totally unfair.

    And just in case you don't take action immediately, I will keep dropping these kinds of comments on your blog till you invite me to come and eat. SERIOUS!!!

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    1. Hahahaha!!! Don't worry atilola, you'd get a special invite pretty soon. I've got to ensure I've got special delicacies lined up just for you aii' :D..

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  7. Anonymous9:44 am

    Nice 1 will sure try it.
    Claire

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    1. Thanks Claire, do let us know how it goes.

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  8. Anonymous10:27 am

    Great recipe Dobby....
    Can't salt be added to this recipe?
    I believe salt increases it flavor.

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    1. Thanks Anon :). The recipe doesn't require salt but if you insist on adding, do make it minimal.

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  9. this is a must-try recipe. U jst made cookies easy. Pls help with oatmeal cookies and is it dat dey dont sell choc chips in 9ja abi...???? Welldone gal

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    1. I've never come across it in Nigerian stores. But you can use normal hard chocolate Bars like some flat portioned cadbury products by breaking it into chips. Mars and snicker bars don't count o.

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  10. Anonymous9:31 pm

    Lol Oo°˚˚˚°! Dobby no by hand I actualy meant wiv a wooden spoon Oo°˚˚˚°! Lol. Thanks dear.
    Tokoni

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    1. hahahaha!!!...Sorry about that. No it doesn't have to be for 1 hr....30 mins or less would do tokoni :)

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  11. Anonymous5:17 pm

    hi, i luv ur post. Bt please i need method and materials of preparing yoghurt

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  12. Blog Troll8:04 pm

    i used to make yoghurt back in the day. you'll need Milk and ready made yoghurt with active culture within e.g farmfresh is a good example and this would be your starter culture. Boil the milk and leave to cool (it should be warm when you touch). Add tablespoons of the ready made yoghurt and mix well sweeten with sugar to feed the bacteria. cover and leave so it'd set for 5-6 hours. Once it has set freeze it otherwise it would turn sour. For the subsequent batches, you would start using your own yoghurt as the starter culture.

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    1. Thanks blog troll. would try it out soon

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  13. Nice recipe Dobby.

    Seems very easy to make. I only recently started baking, and trying out more healthier flour options( oat flour, almond flour, wheat flour etc) . Hopefully I will send you some pictures and recipes of the things I make.

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    1. Awww!!! that would be nice sisiekomi. Thank you :)

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  14. Anonymous2:25 am

    Thanks Dobby. Pls how do I bake it without an oven? Do I have to just place them like that at the back of the aluminum plate?

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    1. Hello Anon,
      To bake these cookies without an oven, you'd need a baking pan. Use foil paper or parchment paper to line the pan before placing your biscuits on it. That way, it won't stick to the pan

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  15. Anonymous10:42 pm

    Definitely trying dis Dobby. U are a darling. I'v tryd oda of ur recipes n dey came out wonderfully. Hubby luvd it,little son was excited. Tnks Dobby 4 not hoarding ur knowledge

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    1. Thank you too anon :)

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  16. Anonymous10:21 am

    this my first time in this blog..am loving evrthn am seeing here and will make them home..thank u million cheff...

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    1. You are welcome anon. Do keep in touch ;)

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  17. Pls can I use ordinary flour if I don't have wheat flour? or can the wheat meal flour (elubo) act as a substitute? Thanks

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    1. Hello Taiye,
      Wheal flour (all purpose flour) is the normal flour sold in the market that's white in colour. wheatmeal is the brown colored type used in making "swallow" and cannot be used as a substitute

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  18. Anonymous10:53 am

    Hi Dobby, tryd d recipe n it was wonderful as usual. Hubby n son luvd it. Saw my pancakes pics*giggles* Hubby was proud

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    1. Yaayy!!! Glad it turned out great :). Thanks for the feedback Anonymous10:53

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  19. Anonymous3:40 pm

    Your site is great, Kudos. Isnt baking powder needed for the cookies. I always thought one needs baking powder to bake anything. thanks.

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    1. It's required for some but not all cookies. Baking powder tends to make the cookies rise and also really soft if the right quantity isn't added.

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  20. laruzeee beads7:49 pm

    Thank i for this lovely recipe.
    pls i want to know if i can bake with the micro wave,or the pot,pls explain.

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    1. You are welcome Laruzeee. Yes you can bake this in a conventional Microwave or a Pot as Shown >>>>HERE<<<

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  21. Anonymous11:48 am

    Can I use my microwave cos I don't ve an oven

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    1. No you can't use a micro wave. if you don't have an oven, you could use a pot with this method HERE

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  22. Looks delicious. Dobby can you make popcorn one of this days, cos am just looking forward to it and I like the way you simplify things.

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    1. Okay, would o that soon :)

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  23. Another question dear Dobby, is there another alternative to rolling with the hands? I'd love roll with with the rolling pin so I can put to good use the cookie cutters I just bought. Or can I hand roll the trim with the cutter? Thanks.

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    1. Yes you can roll with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters. rolling with hands is just to give it the normal round ginger bread shape.

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  24. Jumygold12:41 pm

    Can I just oil d pan and dust with flour in the absence of parchment paper and aluminum foil,cos I don't know wr to get those in dis village that I am o

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    1. Yes you can jumygold.

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  25. Dobby this is really easy.thanks for making baking process easy.I have 4 questions.
    1.will d ginger bread cookies taste nice,if i use margarine.
    2.can an electric hand mixer be used for creaming butter nd sugar.
    3.Are u saying that wheat flour is dsame as all-purpose flour nd plain flour.
    4.If a recipe calls for whole wheat flour or whole wheat meal,can i use d normal wheat meal sold in the market?

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    1. Thanks for the compliments lindjoy
      1) yes it will although not as good as when you use butter. Nothing beats the taste of butter.
      2) Yes you can but don't beat it too much.
      3) Yes they're all the same (All white). Whole Wheat meal and whole wheat flour (Both brown)on the other hand are different.
      4) Yes you can.

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  26. Anonymous6:35 pm

    Nice work lady, keep it up!

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  27. Hi, can you convert this recipe to cups?

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  28. Ginger bread cookies are my absolute favorite!!

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    1. You can say that again afrolems :)

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