Crunchy Gingernut Cookies

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The kids and I enjoyed these gingernut cookies today – and I’m sure when Daddy gets home from work, he’ll enjoy them too! (Hopefully not too much – I want some left for tomorrow!)

In my quest for dairy-free substitutes, I decided to try lard instead of butter. Some of you may be throwing up your hands in horror, but if you’re not vegetarian, you’ll probably agree that some animal fat is okay, and even desirable, in your diet. In case you didn’t know, lard is making a comeback after years of vilification by big food corporations eager to push on us their plastic substitutes. To read up on lard, and why it’s better than margarine and vegetable oils, read this article. (I’ve used a mixture of lard and light olive oil – you could use butter or coconut oil instead of the lard if you like, but it may change the texture.)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Place in your Thermomix bowl (or in a regular mixing bowl) and mix on speed 6 for 10 seconds (or by hand):
– 400g (2 1/4 cups) unbleached plain spelt flour (or mixture of plain and wholemeal)
– 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 1/2 tsp ground cloves
– 1 tsp ground ginger (more if you like)
– 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
– 140g (1 cup) Rapadura

2. Add, and mix for 30 seconds, speed 6 (or until well mixed), using spatula to help mix:
– 100g lard (or butter or coconut oil)
– 80g olive oil
– 90g blackstrap molasses
– 1 egg
Mixture may be slightly crumbly – check if it can be pressed together and rolled into balls – if it falls apart, add a little more oil.

3. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place on greased or lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Take a flat-bottomed glass, and dip the glass in a saucer of Rapadura, then press a cookie flat. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. (See picture below.)
– extra Rapadura for top of cookies

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and darker on edges – some ovens take longer than others, so check! (Swap trays around halfway through cooking so they brown evenly.)
Leave to cool on trays so they get nice and crisp. Store in airtight container in the freezer if not using straight away.
But I don’t think they’ll last long once the kids smell them… and someone else at our place was pretty keen to get a taste… ! (Must be all that molasses in them!)


  1. Cat J B says:

    Oooh, these look tasty and I love ginger. I might go for butter though, no dairy allergies here. Yum!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo, I’ve just discovered your website via a Thermomix newsletter and I am so inspired. I’m trying to go wheat and dairy free for two of my boys (and myself, really) to help with their hayfever and eczema. Your site has given me loads of new ideas. Thanks so much. Gerry

  3. Jo says:

    Hi Cat – let me know what the texture turns out like with butter. I wondered if they crumble easier with butter. Lard makes them kind of hard and crunchy.

    Thanks Gerry – hope you get lots of inspiration! Jo

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ok these are seriously good I changed the sugar to coconut sugar and halved the olive oil with coconut oil, Might just make it all coconut next time. It was very oily but they crunched up well. Also doubled theginger but still not enough for me, will add some grated ginger as well I think. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. Kris Thomsen says:

    I made this on on the weekend. Doubled the ginger because I love it and used coconut oil instead of lard. Wow! These are so crunchy and they taste fantastic. Very popular at my house! Thanks very much for the recipe.

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