Date molasses has a plethora of health benefits, and is amazingly and wonderfully simple enough to make your own at home if you've got the urge to undertake a full-day project.
These healthy-fied cookies use date molasses both in the cookie batter and in the filling. Rich in fragrant spices, the aromatics don't stop there. Brown sugar, whole wheat flour, tahini, and orange juice make these humble cookies over the top. Adapted form here.
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1/4 cup date molasses
For the filling:
1/4 cup tahini
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 Tbsp date molasses
2 Tbsp wholewheat flour
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 375F.
Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg, then stir in the orange juice and molasses.
Gradually stir the sifted dry ingredients into the molasses mixture.
Wrap the dough in cling film then refrigerate it for 30 to 40 minutes.
Take the dough out of the fridge and shape dough into walnut sized balls.
Place the cookie balls 5 cm apart onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use the bottom of a cup to flatten the cookie dough balls slightly.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the filling: Mix all the ingredients. Place the mix in a pot over medium-low heat; cook while stirring until the mix thickens about 5-7 minutes. Allow the mix to cool completely.
When the cookies and the filling have cooled completely, take one teaspoon of the filling and place it on the flat side of one cookie. Place another cookie (flat side down ) on the filling and press them together.
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