Ginger Cookies with Nut Butter and Teff Flour
By Amy Crawford
I love ginger cookies, they are the perfect afternoon tea companion; refreshing in their gingery way. I particularly love homemade cookies that last well in the biscuit tin and combine good crunch with a little chew.
Needless to say it was a happy day in my kitchen when these babies arrived (fresh from the oven). Not only do they manage to tick aforementioned chew, crunch and lifespan boxes, but they are hereby my first ever recipe using teff flour. I can assure you it will not be my last either, not in light of what I now know about teff. The stuff deserves a LOT more of our attention.
Now, before you ask, I used brown teff flour in this recipe. However, I imagine you could use white OR brown in these cookies. A teff expert might perhaps let me know below if the white flour has a more subtle taste? I'll update the post when I receive advice on said matter.
Makes: 24 biscuits
1 ½ cups teff flour
½ cup almond butter*
½ cup walnut butter*
½ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup rice malt or maple syrup
2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and grated
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
* To make walnut or almond butter at home, simply throw a couple of cups of nuts into your food processor and keep blending until nut buttery. If it's to make nut butter for spreading on toast etc you may even like to add some extra oil (almond, macadamia, coconut) to get it runny enough, and some sea salt. Feel free to swap walnuts with another nut or just use almond butter if easier.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a mixing bowl combine all of your ingredients.
Using your hands, roll into small balls of approximately 2 centimeters in diameter. Place onto prepared baking tray and flatten with a fork.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, don't overcook them because they will become dry. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray. The cookies with harden as they cool.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Oh and I think they make a rather gorgeous gift, as per below!
Please do let me know in the comments below if you make (and enjoy) these cookies. In fact, let me know if you don't! All feedback is appreciated, certainly if I'm to continue to assist in your eating enjoyment.
If you'd like to extend your teff repertoire, I stumbled across many a recipe on the Teff Tribe website and I'll be sharing a very yum pumpkin pie recipe next week - with you guessed it - teff!