Before I say anything, don’t worry these aren’t for me! I’ve not kept a little secret for the past 9 months. Honest Dad!
These were made for my very pregnant sister.
So I went missing for a little bit on the blog again as I finished up things at Uni and moved back home.
However, as promised I will be posting every day in June before a blog re design, you’ll be sick of me soon.
I’m living with my sister this month whilst she’s waiting to have her second little
screaming, up all night, bundle of joy, so I have plenty of time to get into the kitchen.
Which leads me onto these. Despite the face she’s two weeks off her due date, she’s pretty keen to have my little niece now. I’m pretty keen too, seeing feet stick out the side of her stomach creeps me out far too much.
After lots of Googling it seems that spicy foods, pineapple, balsamic vinegar and eggplant are rumoured to kick start labour.
These ginger cookies kept showing up too. So we decided to give them a go.
However, with my 2 year old nephew in the house you never do anything alone. Stood on a chair next to my mixer, he kept dipping his finger in the mixture saying ‘I try some now’, fully convinced he wouldn’t like it, I let him carry on. Mistake. Turns out a 2 year old can in fact love spicy cookies, cayenne pepper and all.
I’d show you some photos of the messy, little fingers interrupted baking, however he insisted in baking naked. Each to their own.
He also insisted being naked whilst he “helped auntie Lolly with camera”.
Oh he’s just too cute to even consider being annoyed.
So, do I have a niece yet? Well no, but we did only eat them an hour ago (along side pineapple for pudding), so maybe tonight is the night.
In other news, I bathed and put to bed a two year old to bed on my own tonight with only one screaming fit. Success. And from a non labour inducing point of view the cookies weren’t bad. They were super spiced (which I guess is the labour inducing property) but the texture was great. I would definitely make them again, but with a tad less spice.
- 2½ cups/310g plain flour
- 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ cup/110g butter
- ½ cup/100g granulated sugar (plus extra sugar to roll cookies in)
- 1 cup/200g light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup/110g molasses
- 2 egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and cayenne pepper in small mixing bowl and set aside.
- Blend the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the molasses and egg whites and stir until fully combined.
- Finally, add the dry ingredients to the mix.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
- Place them on a lined baking tray and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
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