Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies

Pass the Plate.  Share the Love.  Cook for the Cure.

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

The thing I’ve loved most about blogging, aside from the wonderful friendships I’ve made, is the opportunity to bake for a greater good.  I was recently invited by Sandra at Sweet Sensations to take part in a very special event.  Sharon & Denise of  Be Betsy, were inspired by Kitchenaid’s Cook for the Cure® to join the fight against breast cancer.  They purchased a plate specially designed by Jacques Pepin.  The plate is filled with cookies and literally passed from blogger to blogger.  Each time the plate reaches a new destination, Kitchenaid donates $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®I am so proud and honored to be a part of this campaign.

I received these beautiful dipped chocolate sandwich cookies from Sandra at Sweet Sensations.

 

They were amazing!  I literally polished off 2 of them before it struck me that I need to photograph them first!  Many of you who visit here already know Sandra.  I am in awe of her!  She is a working mother who takes such good care of her family, while writing a beautiful blog full of wonderful recipes and fabulous ideas on how to host the perfect party and create a gorgeous tablescape.  (All while nursing a torn tendon!)  When you read about her, you will learn that she is a woman of great strength and courage.  And I wonder if she knows what a great source of inspiration she is to me?!  I am so happy to know her and I appreciate so much that she included me in this awesome event!

So. . . . . from Michigan to Maryland.  Where are the cookies traveling to next??? . . . . .

. . . . . New Mexico!!!  The plate, full of Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies, is on it’s way to MJ at MJ’s Kitchen!

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I think that many of you may know MJ as well.  But if you don’t, you MUST rush right over to her blog and check out her amazing recipes.  She writes from her heart and shares her tried and true recipes in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting there with her. (I wish I were, her new kitchen is beautiful!)  I always learn something new when I visit or come away with a unique new recipe.  And if you ever felt any confusion about chili peppers, MJ will set you straight!  She is sweet, and kind, and genuine.  And when she leaves a comment for me, I find myself either grinning from ear to ear, or laughing right out loud.  I really love her sense of humor.  When MJ accepted my offer to Pass the Plate, I knew right away that I wanted to make these Ginger Chili Caramel cookies for her!  While these are claimed to be ‘not for the faint of heart’, somehow I feel that MJ will be adding more chili if she ever makes them for herself!

Actually, these cookies are not so much spicy, as they are warm.  It is the first time I’ve worked with crystallized ginger.  And when I read that the recipe called for chopped crystallized ginger, I envisioned pieces of crunchy ginger flying all over my kitchen.  But it is really soft!  And so easy to work with!  And it gives these cookies a fresh, warm spice.  I love it! I hope you will, too!

Yields 36 cookies

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

GINGER  COOKIES:

  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

 Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 325°F.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and mix well.  Stir in the crystallized ginger.  In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and salt.  Gently fold the flour mix into the wet ingredients.  The batter becomes very thick, almost to the consistency of a cookie dough that you would roll.  Using a small ice cream scoop or a generous teaspoon, place a scoop of dough onto the cookie sheet, spacing them apart since the dough will spread.  I baked 9 at a time.

Bake them for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are lightly golden.  Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack while you make the chili caramel.

CHILI CARAMEL:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon (or more!) of chili powder

Place the sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Watch the sugar so that it does not burn.  Once the sugar has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the chili powder.  Use it immediately before it begins to harden.  Use a spoon to drizzle the caramel over the cookies.  The caramel hardens quickly.  Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

NOTE:

  • You probably want to finish baking all the cookies before you start the caramel since it hardens quickly.
  • Be extremely careful when handling the caramel since it can easily burn you.
  • The caramel top is hard and crunchy, but not so much that it will break a tooth.
  • While these cookies are crunchy, I found them to have a nice texture when warmed in a microwave for 10-15 seconds.

So a HUGE thanks again to Sharon and Denise of Be Betsy for organizing and initiating this amazing event!  And thank you to my friends Sandra of Sweet Sensations, and MJ from MJ’s Kitchen for Passing the Plate and cooking for the cure.  It was an honor to bake with such fabulous women!

:-)

Recipe adapted from the Book of Baking.

Comments

  1. Oh my, what a fabulous idea of passing a plate of cookies! And for the great cause! These cookies look so festive and scrumptious. Have a sweet Sunday, Anne! Xoxo

  2. I just knew you were going to create something outstanding and you did not disappoint! MJ is one lucky lady and I’m so happy she agreed to accept the plate. I love your description of the cookies being “warm”, and I am eager to try them. Thank you for the kind words and I hope you and your family aren’t in the path of Hurricane Sandy”. Have a great week.

  3. Wow these cookies look great! I love the chili powder addition!

  4. How wonderful that you took part in this my friend, Sharon and Denise are wonderful people :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Wow, ginger and chili?! With caramel? Favorite flavors all! Great cause you’re participating in, and these cookies are so worthy. Really good stuff – thanks.

  6. Lucky MJ!!!! I saw Sandra’s post…and now I’m eager to see your spicy caramel cookies arrive at MJ’s door. I’d love these…and I know she will, too!

  7. What a great way to raise awareness, Anne! These cookies are fabulous too. So unique!

  8. What a pretty and creative glaze! I bet these cookies tasted fantastic.

  9. Whoops! I just couldn’t help myself – I just had to peak! I love surprises but sometimes I want to know what my surprise is beforehand. :) I use to unwrap Christmas presents early, then wrap them back. I know – bad girl! :) Goody, goody. I can’t wait to get these! They look delicious and I love a warm cookie, and you know I love chile and crystallized ginger! I MUST remember to get a picture before Bobby finds the one that I don’t eat. (No, there’s not a typo here. :)) Thanks so much for those kind words my friend!!!! You’re one heck of a woman and thanks so much for asking me to participate in this wonderful cause and be a recipient of YOUR cookies!!!! Stay safe up there. Don’t let Sandy blow you away!

  10. P.S. Happy Birthday tomorrow!!!!

  11. A very unique recipe with delicious ingredients, with the noble cause of spreading awareness. Thanks for sharing, Anne :)

  12. What a lovely cause and I adore the three participants so far. Sandra and MJ and so wonderful and you know I think you’re terrific. :) Lovely cookies my friend. :)

  13. These cookies make me want to just grab them . The glaze on them looks awesome!

  14. That is such a fun event!!! I bet MJ will love the chili caramel! I need to be a good baker so I can bake some stuff for someone else. I’m still not comfortable with the thought of baking for others as I’m a newbie. I can’t send the food over, so baking seems like an essential skills. lol. I love your cookies, Anne!

  15. I was delighted to see your post, Anne. I’m missing you lately on the blogosphere! I love, love, love ginger cookies and oh my god are these supreme! And what a great cause too.

  16. What fun and delicious looking ginger cookies Anne. I know your package will be received with great anticipation!

  17. This is such a great combination of flavors!

  18. What a great way to spread the word for Breast Cancer Awareness! These cookies are so unique! My husband will love them!

  19. Beautiful cookies- love the flavors, I think they will be the perfect treat to be passed on such a special plate;-)

  20. What a wonderful cause, Anne and the cookies look so yummy. I love the combination of flavors :)

  21. This is such a sweet post! The cookies look so good – especially with that caramel. WOW! You are so creative!

  22. Gorgeous cookies worthy of the cause. Love it.

  23. All this caramel on top of these cookies makes me drool! They look super tasty and delicious and the cause is so noble!

  24. Those cookies are just stunning–and spicy caramel is always a welcome addition to a dessert. There is a restaurant here that serves an apple cake with spicy caramel sauce, and I cannot resist it.

  25. Chili and caramel! Mamma mia! Add ginger and you’ve got a flavor explosion! Just amazing Anne!!!

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your time and wonderful cookies for this cause. We are grateful to have you with us on the journey of the traveling plate. And your cookies? Simply divine! For those who want to see all the cookies so far here is the link: http://bebetsy.com/2012/10/01/pass-the-plate/

    Best of days! S and D

  27. I love the fabulous combination of flavors you included in these cookies. What a wonderful cause you’re participating in as well. Thank you for sharing Anne!

  28. Beautiful cookies, that caramel is irresistible!

  29. If I were a kid I would lick the caramel off the cookies and put them back on the plate. I was horrid as a kid, I’m pretty sure. Now I only think about doing that. These look wonderful.

  30. Everything looks just delicious! So beautiful! Like everything you make! And it’s all for a good cause… even better!

  31. Yummy cookies!

  32. Ooooh! Those look amaaaaazing! Fabulous mix of flavors. Love that caramel drizzle.

  33. Thanks to all for your lovely comments! I was so happy to participate in this GREAT cause! : )

  34. Wonderful cookies for a great cause! The food blogging community is amazing, and there´s proof of that all over. The spicy with the caramel sounds fantastic!

  35. Woah!! These sound amazing! What an interesting combo… I am tempted to try them, but I am TERRIBLE at caramel… I’ll most likely burn down the kitchen!

  36. Hey…thanks so much everyone! I was so happy to be a part of this fun and worthwhile project! And I really appreciate all the kind comments! : )

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