Ginger butter cookies with apricot jam

I think most of us had been victims of our own mother as far as the butter cookies in that nice tin box! I used to see that tin box “winking” at me and when I opened it up,the disappointment was showing on my face! Threads and needles took their place…! And every single time, I was opened it up,again and again,a different colorful box, I was facing the same disappointment! Threads and needles…! My husband had been a “victim” too!

So,I decided today to make butter cookies with a little twist. I added ginger and apricot! Niam niam,as my daughter says…!

Here is the recipe:

  • 4.2 oz unsalted butter,room temperature
  • 2.5 oz powder sugar
  • 2 cups GF all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp shredded ginger
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup melted white chocolate (optional)
  • orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven at 350 F.

Grease a mini muffin tin and let it aside.

On a steady mixer,beat well on a medium high speed,the butter and the sugar,until smooth and creamy.

Add the juice,the vanilla,orange zest,white chocolate and the salt.

Mix well and then low the speed and add the flours and baking pwder,till all the ingredients are well combined.

Take a small piece of dough and roll it into a small ball, Put it in the mini muffin tin,take small teaspoon and make a small well in the middle. Add the apricot jam and bake them for 15-17 minutes.

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When they’re done,they’ll get that nice golden brown colour,and you have to let them cool down for about 10 minutes.

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The aroma was just amazingly divine! Nice,fragrant,soft and crunchy outside! Anna was checking the cookies while they’re in the oven,when they will be done! She is my little helper…!

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I didn’t have any tin box,but only a little carton box.. They didn’t last for a long,though! We devour them..only 4 left.

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Apple rings with caramel sauce!

imageApples apples apples!! What not to love about them? You can bake them,you can bake them,freeze-dry them… So many ways to eat them!,But apples and caramel is my favorite of all the apple combinations!

Anna love them,too,so I was trying to make something really easy,not a big fuzz and healthy. I found this batter recipe here,(I used only 3 apples)but of course I’ve made few modifications..
I added:

  • 1/4 cup GF all purpose flour
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • I substitute the yogurt with sour cream
  • I increased the baking powder to 1/2 tsp.

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If you see that your batter is really thick and doesn’t look like a batter at all,just add few tbs of milk.

For the caramel sauce:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan in a medium low heat,stir for 5-7 minutes. The sauce is ready! Let it cool a little bit before you use it!
I always make my own caramel sauce and this one is absolutely great! nice and thick.
To marry the flavors,I made whip cream with walnuts and caramel sauce on top. Variety is everything in our house,we have some picky eaters…unfortunately!!

For the apple rings:

Preheat the oven at 350 F.
Peel the apples and remove the core, Cut them about 1/4 inch
Dust them with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon-this is optional,you can do it like that if you don’t want the caramel sauce or the whip cream-
Grease a wire rack,put parchment paper on a baking sheet and put the greased wire rack on top.
Dive the apple rings into the batter and put the on the rack.

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Bake for 30-40 minutes until the rings are fluffy and golden brown.

*You can fry them as well,but I preferred to bake them.

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The house was bathed with the divine aroma of the caramel sauce and the apple rings!
You should try them!

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