December 23, 2009

Last-Minute Christmas Treats – Toffee and Ginger Chip Teff Cookies

Before you think me a “Grinch”, I thought I better get to it and crank out some Christmas goodies. It’s not that I didn’t have intentions to make these sooner – it was simply that like so many of us this time of year, I was swamped with holiday tasks. But finally, all of the presents are wrapped, and the shopping for Christmas dinner is finished. Today was for cookies. I narrowed down my never-ending list to 6 goodies – and I managed to crank out 5 of them. These are the two best recipes from today’s efforts – and I’ve already eaten so much of both, I doubt I will need sugar again for a week. They’re addictive, I tell you.

The first is a toffee. Toffee is one of my favorite candies – and at the risk of blasphemy, I love it even more than chocolate. This toffee, though, not only has buttery, caramel-y goodness, it’s also topped with chocolate and sliced almonds. Need I say more? I will definitely be sharing this stuff, because if I leave it around the house, I’ll eat it all. No kidding.

The second is a gluten-free ginger, molasses, and chocolate chip cookie. Ginger and molasses cookies are also among my favorites – they’re something I make every year. This year, I wasn’t about to let a little thing called a “gluten-free diet” interrupt this tradition. These are also kicked up a notch, with chopped bittersweet chocolate chips, both ground and freshly grated ginger, and rolled in turbinado sugar, so they sparkle. That sugar adds so much to the cookies – a bit of sweet crisp on the outside before the cookie gives way to a soft interior. Honestly? I don’t miss my old cookies – this version is superior in every way.

If you have time left in your hectic holiday to squeeze in these delicious treats, I recommend that you do. Of course, the holidays aren’t the only time that these are welcome – personally, I’d be happy if these were shared with me anytime! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Toffee, adapted from The Kitchn

1 lb unsalted butter

3 T water

2 c sugar

1/2 t sea salt

1 t vanilla

12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)

1 c skiced almonds

In a large cast iron skillet, melt the butter, water, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon constantly, trying to keep the sides of the pan clean. Once at a boil, continue to stir rapidly, until the mixture is a deep golden caramel color. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour mixture into a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes, and sprinkle chocolate over the toffee evenly. Wait for another 5 minutes or until chocolate looks glossy, and with an offset spatula, spread chocolate out in an even layer. Sprinkle nuts over chocolate and lightly press in. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Break into pieces.

Makes 4 lbs.

 

Ginger Chip Teff Cookies, adapted from 101 Cookbooks

1/2 coarse turbinado sugar

6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped finely

1/2 c almond flour/meal

1 c teff flour

3/4 c potato starch

1/2 t xanthan gum

1 t baking soda

4 1/2 t ground ginger

1/2 t sea salt

1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 c blackstrap molasses

2/3 c light brown sugar

1 T freshly grated ginger

1 large egg, well beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place turbinado sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal, teff, potato starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt.

Heat butter in a saucepan until just melted, and remove from heat. Add in molasses, brown sugar, and fresh ginger. If the mixture is hot, let it cool down a bit. It should be just a bit warm. Add the egg and whisk in. Pour this mixture into the flour and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate.

Scoop out 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in turbinado sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets a few inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and are fragrant. Makes 4-5 dozen.

21 Responses to “Last-Minute Christmas Treats – Toffee and Ginger Chip Teff Cookies”

  1. Yum! They look fabulous, and so simple =D. Merry Christmas!

  2. Where do you get your Teff? I make injera for the kids next door every week and I get the teff from a health food store (Bobs Red Mill) but it is $$$$$$$.

  3. Awesome as usual! I love the toffee recipe. So simple but so pretty.

  4. Ummmmmm, TOFFEE!!! Oh. My. Gosh. There is nothing like toffee for me. Addictive doesn’t even begin to describe it and I can’t wait to try this. Looks great!!! Photo of the tree is nothing short of beautiful and LOVE the ribbon winding its way through the toffee. ;)

    These are keepers!

  5. Awesome treats! Happy holidays!

    • Janis – I buy Bob’s Red Mill too. I wonder if there isn’t a place to order it online. I’ve only recently gotten into teff, so I haven’t really looked into ordering it. Have I asked you before about your injera recipe? I’d love to try to make it!

      Suzanne, Lisa, Natasha, and Lauren – Thank you so much, Merry Christmas!

  6. I want some of that toffee. Glad that you put up a recipe. Now I can definitely make it at home.

    Have a Merry Merry Christmas!!!

  7. Alta, such a lovely bake! What are you doing here during this busiest time of the year! Anyway, wishing you & your family Merry christmas & Happy New Year. Hope you’ve a fabulous time with your family & friends! Cheers always.
    Best wishes, Kristy

  8. So good! I am going to make those ginger cookies tonight!
    Thanks for posting this.

  9. Beautiful toffee! Why am I not surprised that you’re already done shopping for gifts and ingredients? Those of us who procrastinate are extremely jealous. I asked my husband to buy me a deep fryer at Target today (thanks to last week’s sufganiyot experiment, I’m in doughnut mode big time), and he just laughed at me. Happy Christmas! Robin

  10. They look fabulous. Thanks for more gluten-free recipes. Merry Christmas to you. Have a great holiday.

  11. Looks wonderful! Beautiful tree too :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  12. Oh that toffee looks amazing! I’d love to try making that soon!

  13. I love toffee and yours looks so yummy! I’m adding it to my TO MAKE: list :)

  14. Cookies?! Never too much for these festive days, not to mention these lovely ones.
    Merry X’mas!

  15. I love teff flour – it adds such an earthy flavor dimension. It pairs beautifully with ginger. Yum!!! I am almost sad thinking about the lack of cookies that will be in our blogging future…it’s been so much fun seeing all the festive variations. :) Merry Christmas, Alta!! I hope you and your family are having a lovely holiday!

  16. DElicious looking! This reminds me of Bob’s Mill recipes. I got his cookbook for Christmas!

  17. Lovely sweets! Toffee is a grand thing to make, and very hearty for mailing. I did a lot of baked goods for gifts this year and went with things that could hold up for mail travel. Toffee would be a great gift; am inspired to make it the next time I want to give something sweet away!

  18. Wow, everything here looks so good!! :) and I happen to find some teff flour in my pantry the other day. I think I’ll have to give these a try! Thanks!

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