This recipe for chewy ginger molasses spice cookies uses almond flour and coconut flour for a gluten-free version of the classic. It also incorporates coconut milk for a dairy-free option.
Our house is currently an intricate series of piles. There are piles of homework not yet recycled, waiting in limbo, homework to do, resting in between the recyclables. There are boxes that need to be opened and unpacked, the contents finding a home in our small space. There is laundry to be folded and laundry to be washed. There are shoes tumbling from the rack, over the entrance, socks scattered around them.
We live around the piles, pulling from them as needed. We disrupt them, tossing the contents about, trying to find the one thing. Slowly I pick up the pieces, one by one. I’m trying to find their homes, put the pieces back into their snug-fitting spots, but I am pulled away again and again. There are meetings at school early. There are doctor and dentist appointments filling the space. Late nights spent at the table over spelling lists and journals. There are noses to be wiped and sports and friends and places we’ve said we’ll be. So the piles are still there cluttering my spaces.
I walked away for a while. I was having trouble finding myself in the chaos, knowing where the things we’re dealing with end and where the soul of me begins. Saying something meaningful became impossible, and the conversations swirling around the news had me closing my doors to visitors. In the middle of it, though, there was still this.
I cleaned the counter covered in bills, notices, applications for some tech school for one kid, ACT information for another, medical bills, and orthopedic appointment reminders. I tucked away the spelling notebook and the number line we use to help our youngest with too much math homework every night, and I asked the kids – scattered throughout the house hiding, too – if they wanted to make cookies.
Eggs were cracked, flour dusted. We rolled dough balls in spiced sugar and filled the house with the sweet, warm smell of baking cookies.
These cookies use coconut flour and almond flour in place of your traditional wheat, making them gluten-free. Still, you’d never know it. Ole told me not to tell people when I handed them a cookie, instead waiting for them to taste it before revealing.
They’re chewy, and if you eat them on day one, the cardamom-and-sugar edges will have a nice, crisp quality protecting the soft interior. Filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cardamom, these are better than any scented candle or room diffuser.
The house is still a mess, a layer of dust and crunched leaves still seems to cling to every surface, but at least my house smells like a Christmastime bakery. These cookies store and freeze wonderfully. Fresh, they have a crisp edge and chewy center, but the edge softens with storage.
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These cookies store and freeze wonderfully. Fresh, they have a crisp edge and chewy center, but the edge softens with storage.
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