Chipotle Ginger Cookies

It’s been a while since I have baked ginger snaps so I couldn’t think of a better thing to make to participate in this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: Festive Favourites. This month’s hop was hosted by JJ of 84th & 3rd who I might say has restored my love of cranberries with her blog hop recipe!

Chipotle Ginger Cookies

My favourite ginger cookie recipe is based on Elizabeth Falkner’s Sammy Snaps as featured in her book Demolition Dessert. They have a really nice snap about them and the combination of spices and crystallised ginger is just delicious. The whole house is filled with those spicy notes after baking a tray or two of the cookies.

Chipotle Ginger Cookies

In this batch however, I decided to add a little dried chipotle chilli into the dough. I blitzed up a small amount of chipotle and added a scant one teaspoon along with the cinnamon, cloves and all spice. The chilli doesn’t really get ground down that finely but I don’t mind the occasional tiny flecks of chilli that add a bit of pleasant heat in the mouth when you chomp through a cookie.

Chipotle Ginger Cookies

Christmas in Perth is almost always stinking hot so I’m not sure how chipotle ginger cookies will go down this year with the family (the children munched their fair share without really noticing the chilli) but I can imagine a White Christmas in the northen hemisphere with a batch of these warming cookies with a huge mug of hot chocolate :)

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  1. Lizzy (Good Things)

    December 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    How delicious! I like it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Monica

      December 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks :) The combo seems quite common in the US but I never thought the chilli would work so nicely in ginger cookies/gingerbread.

  2. thelittleloaf

    December 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’m commenting on this from the frosty UK and can confirm that they would be *delicious* in a colder climate :-) I love the idea of these, and your decoration is so cute. Yum.

    • Monica

      December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you! I will most certainly make a batch of these next winter and see if I’ve found a eco solution to keeping warming internally :D

  3. Jennifer Wickes

    December 21, 2011 at 12:19 am

    wow! Smoky chipotle, spicy ginger, sweet cookies…! I love it!

    • Monica

      December 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      It worked quite well :) I think chipotle can be an acquired taste but the smokiness works well with the other spices.

  4. Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    December 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Very cute cookies! And I love the addition of chipolte – a bit of extra spiciness that would go down a treat.

    So glad you joined this blog hop!

    • Monica

      December 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      It was much fun thanks :) The chilli is quite subtle so it’s only until you’ve had a good bite or two that you notice the warmth :D

  5. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    December 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Your cookies are gorgeous!!! And I love their spicy kick :D

    Happy Holidays.

    • Monica

      December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you :) Some people get bigger flecks of chipotle than others so an extra kick!

  6. Nic@diningwithastud

    December 22, 2011 at 5:56 am

    What fab cookies :) Thanks so much for joining the hop!

    • Monica

      December 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks :) Much fun and looking forward to next hop!

  7. the kitchen crusader

    December 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    nice one! Cute icing job as well. I love cookies at Christmas.

    • Monica

      January 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Ms H! It’s hard to resist cookies any time :)

  8. Jennifer

    February 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    These sound so delicious, I’d love the recipe. Also, does anyone know where I can buy chipotle chillies in Perth Western Australia?

    • Monica

      February 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. I’ll post the recipe this month :) You can get dried chipotle packed by The Grocer at various stores such as Fresh Provisions but you can pop in to The Grocer itself in Claremont and peruse their many lovely things!

      • Jennifer

        February 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Thanks Monica, I’ll go chipotle hunting at Fresh Provisions tomorrow and I’m looking forward to the recipe so I can give it a whirl. :)

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