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Aw Snap, No Chew

October 12, 2010

It’s the time of year when we are granted a day to wear shorts, then leggings over pants the next.  To avoid catching a cold because of the spastic weather, Jonathan has become the family witch doctor.  I’ve always been the partner to cure my symptoms by simply drinking more liquids and resting, while he chugs the cold syrup, but  this season is so different.  He recently discovered the magic of gurgling apple cider vinegar, eating warm, crushed garlic and drinking hot ginger juice.   Personally, I like to think that a cup of tea and a bean burrito keeps my doctor away, but I love humoring my beautiful roommate, so I’ve been following some of his medical advice.

I made these cookies for Jonathan and his rekindled love of ginger.  The “Ginger Chew” is reminiscent of the original jaw-breaker cookie, only made as a somewhat healthier alternative and with consideration for teeth.  Maybe a cup of tea, a bean burrito and a ginger chew or two will keep the doctor away?

Ginger Chews
Makes 34, 2 inch cookies

1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c. low-fat plain (soy) yogurt
1 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. molasses
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or minced

To Do:
1: Preheat oven to 350°F.
2: In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and salt.
3: In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and sugar.  Combine the sugar with the dry ingredients.  Add the molasses and fresh ginger and mix well.
4: Spoon walnut-sized balls onto a large ungreased cookie sheet and  place 2 inches apart.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  Allow a few minutes to cool, then transfer them to a cooling rack or a serving tray.

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