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.


  1. says

    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 $$$$$$$.

  2. says

    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!

    • tastyeatsathome says

      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!

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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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