ChefTonyB’s Lemon Spiced Ginger Cookies

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This week in the Alpha Bakers line up, we were scheduled for a “catch-up” week in which we could catch-up on any recipe we were not able to create thus far or redo a recipe that we felt needed more attention.

From my previous post entitled, “Gingersnaps”, I posted that I had been asleep and woke up WIDE awake with an idea on a variation on Rose’s Gingersnap recipe.

I quote myself,

“I want more heat and I want more spice!”

In the comment section of my original post, I had answered Peggy Peg’s question,

I’ve never heard or seen dry horseradish, what can i replaced or substitute it with?”

See her blog at diary of Faithy, the baker

My response was,

I had bought a small can of horseradish powder previously at Whole Foods but when I went last night to pick up a fresh can, they no longer sell this product. I called around to a number of places and horseradish powder, at least in my area, has been replaced with Wasabi Powder. There are a number of brands so I recommend reviewing the ingredients listed to choose one that has mostly horseradish. I purchased a small can by EDEN called Wasabi Powder Net Wt 0.55 oz 25g for $6.69 at Whole Foods. The only ingredients in this brand are Horseradish, Mustard and Wasabi. I am going to make the adaptation tonight! Thank you so much for your comment Faithy!”

UPDATE: 2/10/15:

Patricia shares below in the comment section that:

“….you can get horseradish powder from penzeys.com.”

You can visit Patricia’s site, here ButterYum to learn more about her and her wonderful site…..

 

Below is my variation:

TonyB’s Lemon Spiced Ginger Cookies

When adding the ground ginger:

  • add 1/4 teaspoon dry horseradish / Wasabi powder
  • add 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace

When the cookies have been rolled into three different logs and are in the refrigerator,

  • Zest 3 lemons and set in a container with a lid
  • Peel about an inch of fresh ginger and set along side the lemon zest
  • Let set for 30 minutes, refrigerated, with lid closed tightly
  • After 30 minutes, remove the fresh ginger

Spread the zest in a long open container.

When rolling the cookies, roll only the top portion of the cookies in the lemon zest mixture.

Bake as directed

I think from our Weekly Round Up that week, Marie must have thought I had gone mad with spices.

These were not added

These were not added

But what I did do was to prepare the dough listed above and let the dough rest in the refrigerator to mellow and allow all of the spices to meld.

The spice concept is very similar to a Speculoos ( or Speculaas, depending on the region)  Cookie Dough.

I personally created a Speculoos Chocolate Bar last year with Bacon, but that will be saved for a different post.

ChefTonyB's Speculaas Chocolate Bar with Bacon

ChefTonyB’s Speculaas Chocolate Bar with Bacon

As a teaser, the spices range from cinnamon, cardamon, black and white pepper, ginger and salt…well and maybe a little bit of cayenne….

In his blog, Eat the Love, Irvin Lin posted a tribute to Speculoos.  You should really check it out….

Moving on,

Lemon Zest on top of fresh, peeled ginger root

Lemon Zest on top of fresh, peeled ginger root

Tablespoon Measure to attain equal size cookies for equal baking time

Tablespoon Measure to attain equal size cookies for equal baking time

 

Ginger kissed Lemon Zest is rolled only on the top of each dough ball

Ginger kissed Lemon Zest is rolled only on the top of each dough ball

 

In the 350 degree oven for 2.5 minutes before the turn of the sheet tray, then bake for 9.5 minutes

In the 350 degree oven for 2.5 minutes before the turn of the sheet tray, then bake for 9.5 minutes

Move the entire sheet pan to rest for 5 minutes on a cooling rack

Move the entire sheet pan to rest for 5 minutes on a cooling rack

Transfer cookies to cooling station and allow to cool completely

Transfer cookies to cooling station and allow to cool completely

Notice the lemon zest

Notice the baked lemon zest

So what did I think of my variation?

My two goals were:

  • More Heat
  • More Spice

I’ll be right back, I need to sample again before I respond…..

And, drum roll please……..

I delivered on both….

While there was no more additional ginger added, the other “warming” spices accent the ginger flavor tremendously and bring it to the forefront, while the Wasabi powder and the white pepper are a nice finish in the back of your throat.

If your a spicy type of Girl or Guy, I HIGHLY recommend trying my variation and then please send me your feedback.

I think the next time I bake these, I might add about 1.5 Tablespoons of lemon zest into the actual dough.  I think lemon oil would over power and compete with the wonderful aroma of flavors created here.

For orders or questions, please contact me at:

One Crumb At A Thyme

 

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Thank you all for your comments!

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HAPPY BAKING EVERYONE!

© Tony Bridges and One Crumb at a Thyme, 2014

18 thoughts on “ChefTonyB’s Lemon Spiced Ginger Cookies

  1. wow tony, this sound so good. spicy food is my thing, I add cayenne pepper to anything i eat or drink go figure …but, now I am so interested to try the wasabi powder..

    • I updated my post on that one and found that my original idea for horseradish powder is no longer available in my area. Wasabi powder has much potential in my mind for many savory applications Orin. We should chat about this together sometime….. Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. Tony: I love the lemon, and NEVER would have thought of the horseradish-wasabi-white pepper addition! The ginger cookies were good, but didn’t blow me away, but your version just might! I hope you will stop by and see my catch-up pie! –Michele

    • Thank you so much Michele. I loved your post! The colors are so vivid I feel as if I’m there with you as your making your triple berry pie! The added spices in my Lemon Spiced Ginger Cookie are amazing. The combined flavors also linger, making you want one more…..Please give the recipe a try and tell me what you and your family think about it! Happy Baking !

  3. Tony Lemon cookies, there are delicious with lemon I’m not too sure about the spice. I can’t leave you a comment on your Google Blog for some reason I cannot find where to put it, your cookies are lovely Tony and so is the write-up and the recipe 🙂

  4. Wow!! Wasabi Powder! I have!! I have!! In my pantry! LOL! And I can get wasabi powder very easily..since I’m in Asia.. Yay!! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I’m going to copy down your recipe and try it! I too want to extra ‘kick’..of ginger heat..

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