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!
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.
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.
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 :)