Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Tea and Cookies! Chocolatey Ginger Crackle Cookies and a Tea Advent Calendar and Gift Ideas!

Happy November my friends!  It has been more than a year since I tasted my very first chocolate ginger cookie from a wonderful local bakery.  I was in love with the combination of flavors. I have tried to replicate the recipe twice without success - until now!  This is a delightfully chewy chocolate crackle cookie with just the right amount of ginger and cinnamon flavor to make it perfect for the chilly weather and upcoming holidays.  My husband, who does not care for gingerbread cookies, remarked at how good he thought they were.  Quite a compliment coming from him :)  

What can be more perfect alongside a delightful cookie than a delicious cup of tea? I love my coffee in the morning but each afternoon in the cooler months I love a hot cup of tea in the afternoon. In the warm months I enjoy iced tea.  

It was serendipity that during the time I was testing this cookie recipe, I was invited to preview the 2021 Adagio Tea Advent Calendar along with their 2021 Twelve Teas of Christmas.  I was given a sample of both to review and give my honest opinion.  This is not a paid promotion.  

The charming 2021 Adagio Tea Advent Calendar has a delicious seasonal tea surprise behind each window in the calendar.  

A wonderful gift for the tea lovers of your friends and family! You can find the Adagio Tea Advent Calendar by clicking here.  

I absolutely adore The Twelve Teas of Christmas from Adagio Tea!  Each seasonal tea is held inside it's own 'Twelve Days' tin with a charming illustration.  Each tin has a green satin loop to hang from your Christmas Tree.  𝅘𝅥𝅱𝅘𝅥𝅱 On the first tea of Christmas my true love gave to me...A Partridge in a Pear Tree! 𝅘𝅥𝅮  Each tin holds a different tea to sample, the Partridge in a Pear Tree contains White Pear tea.  You can buy the Twelve Teas of Christmas and see a list of the 12 teas by clicking here.  

Lastly, to drink with my new Chocolate Ginger Cookies, I tried Adagio Tea's Reindeer Fuel.  It is a delightfully delicious tasting tea which I truly enjoyed.  It's an Adagio "Signature Blend" of black tea, toasted mate, cocoa nibs, cocoa and cinnamon natural flavors, peppermint and ginger.  Sooooo good!  This pouch is a rewards gift with purchases.  You can learn more about this on the Adagio Teas website.  

Thank you, Adagio Teas, for asking me to sample your charming holiday gift teas.  There are more tea gift ideas on their website along with all of their regular and seasonal teas and accessories. 

Now for the AMAZING Chocolate Ginger Cookie recipe!

Chocolate Ginger Crackle Cookies

1/2 cup (113 g, 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, just barely melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup (56 g, 4 tablespoons) vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
2/3 cup (140 g) packed brown sugar
1/3 cup (87 g) dark molasses (I used Blackstrap molasses)
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups (225 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (60 g) cocoa powder (I like Ghirardelli cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3 ounces(85 g) coarsely chopped 60% dark chocolate (I used a Ghirardelli Bittersweet baking bar)

Sanding sugar, for rolling the cookies


In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together the melted butter, shortening, brown sugar, and molasses in a large bowl. Add the egg and mix in.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt and add to the butter mixture all at once. Slowly mix in until evenly combined (the mixture will be quite soft). Blend in the chopped chocolate. Cover and chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight. I chilled mine overnight. This will insure the best looking crackle.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line two baking trays with parchment or silicone baking sheets.

Scoop out 1 tablespoon portions of cookie dough. Roll each into a ball and then roll the balls in the sanding sugar to coat. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheets allowing 2 inches (5 cm) between each one. Leave the balls round, do not flatten! This also attains the best crackle and texture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they crackle and feel set at the edges. I baked mine for 11 minutes. You want the centers to remain moist.

Let the cookies cool on the trays on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and remove to a rack to cool completely. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and freeze beautifully.

Note: The original recipe calls for 1-1/2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, which I omitted.  They freeze well also.  

Recipe adapted from Baking Day with Anna Olson and also appears in the October Costco Connection magazine.


La Table De Nana said...

I love your gingerbread cookies and I am certain I will love these.So pretty too.
And I love this calendar and it’s teas look lovely!
Hope Christmas is en famille!x

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, M! They are quite tasty indeed :) The teas are wonderful...many of them caffeinated though...I think you drink herbal now?

Ms. Becky said...

Just yesterday I was looking through your blog and wondering about you - no posts for awhile - and I'm so happy you're here with a new recipe. The cookies look delicious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thanks so much, Becky! I've just been taking a break :) The cookies are really good!

Chef Mimi said...

Love these cookies! I wonderful what they would be like with chopped crystallized ginger?

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love crackle cookies and this rendition with the ginger sounds wonderful. I used to buy Adagio teas but I got out of the habit. The gift items sound fabulous for a tea lover.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I thought of doing that also but mine was old and too hard :) If you try it, let me know how it turns out! Thank you, Mimi!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Kitty! They were so good and I love chocolate :) Their teas are very good!

Angie's Recipes said...

They look right up my alley, Susan. Tea and cookies are definitely my thing :-))

Lynn said...

Oh the advent calendar tea set sounds fantastic, a perfect gift! As for the cookies, even though it's very early in the morning here in Philly... I'd still snack on a few with my coffee. Happy Holiday Season Susan, enjoy:@)

Happy Retiree's Kitchen said...

I love the idea of the ginger and chocolate cookie, and they look fantastic. I like a coffee in the morning, and then a cup of tea with a biscuit in the afternoon. These look perfect Susan. So lovely to see another recipe of yours.

La Table De Nana said...

I think I prefer herbal to black teas..I’m sure some of the teas I drink are caffeinated..but black is acrid to me☺️

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you Angie! We think alike :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Lynn! He-he, I've been known to have dessert for breakfast on occasion :) Happy Holiday Season to you also, Lynn!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you so much! Thank is so kind of you to say. ♥

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

A chocolate cookie with the flavors of Christmas, sounds great1

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I like certain black teas but they have to have lots of flavor. Green tea is my favorite but I guess that has some caffeine too.♥

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Karen! It is such a delicious combination.

Gloria Baker said...

Dear Susan what beautiful cookies and looks delicious, love Christmas!! send you hugs and love!!

2 Sisters Recipes said...

Lovely teas for the season! And love the cookies, they look delicious! Wishing you a Happy and healthy Thanksgiving Susan! Enjoy your beautiful family!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Dear Gloria! I am finally trying to catch up with all of my blogging friends now that Thanksgiving is over. Love and hugs to you! ♥

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The cookies turned out so well it made me very happy :) Thank you, A & L!