Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Perfect for a Tea Party

Today is Tuesday and we all know what that means! It means I've been baking, and not on my own either! I've been baking along with a bazillion other bakers around the world as part of that delicious baking group, Tuesdays With Dorie. The baking group that has taken a vow to bake one recipe each week, the same recipe each week, from that scrumptiously delicious baking book, "Baking, from my home to yours," written by the equally as scrumptious Dorie Greenspan. This week's recipe was the Coconut Butter Thins on page 145, as chosen by Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch . . . yummo . . . coconut, butter, macadamia nuts, and all in one cookie. What a delicious sounding choice!!!

Only one problem . . . and you would be forgiven if you were to say right now . . . those don't look like Coconut Butter Thins. They actually aren't Coconut Butter Thins. I had a real problem coming up with some of the ingredients this week, specifically the flaked, sweetened coconut and my larder was completely and totally bare of macadamia nuts. (I know!! The horror of it all!!) I did, however, have plenty of this . . .

Yep, candied ginger! Todd and I both love candied ginger. It's like one of our favouritest of things on the planet. I sure hope that they have it in heaven, coz it just seems to me that a place without ginger is a place bereft of something really special. Yes, if I was 30 years younger and I'm not telling you how many pounds lighter, I WOULD be Ginger Spice!

Since I was missing the integral parts of the recipe and I really want to be able to make them the right way, I gave the cookie recipe this week a miss and made you some of these delicious ginger short bread biscuits instead. Just perfect for a tea party, if you were going to have one.

All buttery and short, and chock full of delicious little bits of candied ginger. Ahhh . . . here is my bliss . . . Could anything be any better than that????

Umm . . . try drizzling them with some melted dark chocolate. There's only one word for it . . .


That about sums it up.

This cookie recipe was a first prize winner in a cookie contest for a major Canadian Cooking magazine some 15 years ago now. One bite and you'll know exactly why . . .

*Gingered Shortbread Biscuits*
Makes 5 dozen ( or so)

These wonderful biscuits are perfection personified. Buttery. Short. Crumbly. Melt In Your Mouth. Spicy . . . perfection. Three little bites of heaven.

1 cup of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
3 TBS finely chopped candied ginger
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour, sifted

Pre-heat the oven to 300*F/150*C.

Place the butter into a bowl and cream it together with the sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the ginger and the salt. Gradually work in the flour until it is all incorporated.

Divide the dough into thirds and working with one third at a time, shape into a round and roll it out 1/4 inch thick in between two sheets of wax or baking paper. Cut into shapes as desired. Place on baking sheets. Repeat until you have used all the dough, re-rolling the scraps as need be.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes until light golden and set. Remove to a wire rack to cool

Optional: Melt about 2 ounces of dark chocolate by breaking it up and placing it into a bowl. Heat in the microwave for 20 second intervals, until completely melted. Using a fork or a small spoon drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled biscuits. Allow to set and dry before storing in air tight containers.

If you would like to see the real cookie I should have baked this week, the Coconut Butter thins, please hop on over to Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch . . . she will be posting the recipe at some point today, and do be sure to check out the Dorie Blog Roll to see what the other ladies came up with. I am sure there will be some absolutely stunning versions to drool over!

Next week's recipe will be Banana Creme Pie, pages 342 and 343 as chosen by Amy of Sing For Your Supper. OH wow, Todd's really going to love this and so am I!!


  1. Hello, Ginger Spice! Oh, I loved that, Marie...tee-hee! ;o) I know how you feel though, I ADORE anything with ginger in it. And these shortbread biscuits are excellent and soooo pretty! Wish I could come over to tea now! Hoping very much we may get a chance to chat this evening??! Can but hope! Happy Day, my dear fried. LOVE YOU HEAPS! ((BIG HUGS))

  2. YUM!!! I just happen to have some candied ginger! I so enjoyed our comments this morning upon arising! Isn't the internet something. who wouldnhave ever dreamed when we were younger that we'd be conversing back and forth from continent to continent like this! To think I lived in germany a year and never spoke a word outside of writing with my family.Be blessed today and always, dear friend!

  3. I've had ground ginger that I use in baking, but never the candied ginger. I'll be on the look out for it as it does sound delicious. Shortbread is one of my favorites. 'On Ya'-ma

  4. Marie, you are opening up a whole new world to me. your cooking and baking are amazing. I am not much of a baker even though my mom was an amazing one. I love baked goods but being on Weight Watchers I try hard not to indulge in them. I just can't have it in the house but no says I can't look at what you do and enjoy the idea of it. it seems like you and Todd always have something yummy in the oven. How do you manage not eating the whole thing? It all looks so delicious.

    Great photography, beautiful painting, gifted writer as well~thanks for sharing your talents with us. Have you ever tried to draw and paint any little girls in a wheel chair? My little grand daughter Hazel will be in one when she gets older. She is 18 months old now and has spina bifada. She is the most precious little thing on the planet. I think there is a need for more things to be available for children with disabilities. Just a thought....

  5. Very nice looking cookies, you did a super job!

  6. Those look just as good if not better than the coconut butter thins! :) Cute little hearts!

  7. Those look delicious! I love the ginger addition and the chocolate! Gorgeous!

  8. I think you made an excellent subsitution! I've actually never had candied ginger. It sounds tasty.

    What's your good news? I'm DYING over here.

  9. Saw your comment on A Duck in Her Pond last week when the Blonde Duck was gracious enough to let me post for her. Thought it would be fun to stop by and check out your blog. So glad that I did too. These ginger shortbread cookies look amazing! Just the type of activity that I was looking for to indulge in with my kids. Thank you.


  10. My Russell, big ginger fan, me more the coconut...so we will have to try both of your yummy treats!

  11. Okay Marie...those scrumptious cookies looked heavenly even before you added the chocolate. But my oh my, melted dark chocolate can only make something yummy even better!

    I like how the recipe calls them "biscuits" instead of cookies. That makes it easier to pretend they are not a desert.

    Garden Painter Art

  12. "Could anything be better than that?"
    NO! They look gorgeous - I adore gingery cookies and a drizzle of chocolate makes everything better :)

  13. I love the chcolate drizz, looks great !!! Not sure about ginger spice ...hmm.. anyway well done, very good looking cookies

  14. Those look beautiful, Ginger. If you send me a couple, I will have them with my tea in the morning. Love the chocolate zig-zag.

  15. Gorgeous Marie. Love the shape and the way you've decorated them. Delicious!

  16. I love ginger too Marie and these cookies look absoultely cute and nice!!
    Im sending to you and Todd huggs and kisses and Take care! xxGloria

  17. Ooh, those look wonderful! And we've definitely got candied ginger here, too. I love using it - cookies, biscotti, trail mix - wherever I can add it! Lovely cookies!


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