Moroccan Spice Ginger Cookies
A Saratoga Olive Oil Co. twist on a gingersnap classic

Ras el Hanout Cookies

 

So what gives these ginger cookies a Moroccan flair?

 

Ras el Hanout!

 

A Moroccan spice blend known as “the head of the shop” in Arabic because it features some of the most desired spices, Ras el Hanout is popular in North African cooking. Saratoga Olive Oil Co.’s blend of Ras el Hanout includes ginger, vanilla, black pepper, brown sugar, orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, mace, nutmeg, turmeric, annatto seed, cayenne saffron. Not featured in this blend are salt and MSG - so it’s a spice packed with great flavor, but remains healthy.

 

These cookies (recipe below) are a perfect balance of the sweetness you would typically expect from a dessert, but the flavor of Ras el Hanout adds a fragrant  little kick. While you might associate gingerbread cookies with the holidays, these treats aren’t just for leaving out for Santa - they’re a great snack on a chilly winter evening with a cup of tea.

 

In addition to baking recipes, this spice blend works well with meats, such as lamb, chicken, or pork, pizzas, soups, chilis, and couscous. Interested in trying Ras el Hanout in your favorite dishes? This month in our Burlington store is featuring Ras el Hanout as the spice of the month for just $5 (normally $9).

 

Moroccan Spice Ginger Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Ras el Hanout spice blend

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar

¾ coconut oil, melted

¼ dark molasses

1 egg

¼ cup granulated sugar

Ras el Hanout cookies


Process:

1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, 2 teaspoons Ras el Hanout, and salt.

3. In a stand mixer (or mixing bowl with electric mixer), mix brown sugar, coconut oil, molasses, and egg. Gradually add flour into the mixture.

4. Shape dough into small half inch balls.

5. Mix sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon of Ras el Hanout in bowl. Dip dough balls into sugar mixture.

6. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

 
Ras el Hanout Cookies