Last year I made Gingersnap Cookies, and used both powdered ginger and fresh ginger in the recipe — it had a delicious bite to it! This year I decided to up the ante, and added chocolate kisses. But I used caramel filled chocolate kisses, just to make it that much more special! The result? Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies!
The cookies themselves have no refined sugars, as the recipe calls for molasses and maple syrup as sweeteners, so the chocolate caramel kisses add just the perfect amount of sweetness to make the cookies a treat as opposed to an everyday sort of cookie. I used black strap molasses as that is what I had in the house, plus it’s higher in iron than regular molasses, so why not?
Want to make some yourself? Let’s!
Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies
These cookies take a spicy gingersnap cookie and up the ante by adding in chocolate caramel kisses to make them even more special!
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking poweder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, and cloves, each
- 3/4 c. maple syrup
- 1/2 c. oil
- 1/2 c. water
- 3 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
- 30 chocolate caramel kisses
Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together, and then add to dry ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
Roll into small balls and place on a silicone sheet on a baking tray. Press an unwrapped chocolate caramel kiss in the centre of the cookie dough.
Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 12 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is lightly golden.
Remove to a cooling rack, let cool, and enjoy!
I baked these cookies to give away in cookie tins as Christmas gifts and/or hostess gifts, but after giving away a few tins…I have to confess I ate the rest, in the wee hours of the morning when the baby was particularly fussy and I wanted some sugar. Actually, as I type this, the baby is sleeping on my chest (and I’m slightly contorted trying to type and keep the baby balanced. New motherhood, eh?). Given that the only refined sugar is in the chocolate kisses, and the rest of the cookie is pretty healthy, I’m ok with eating a few cookies during the witching hour!
When do you crave cookies the most? Let me know in the comments!
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