Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ginger Jazzed Brownies plus two catch-up cookies!

This week's Tuesday's with Dorie pick was Ginger Jazzed Brownies, chosen by Hildy of Bubie's Little Baker.  Although I had baked these in the past, I was delighted to bake them again.

The brownies are super ginger-y because they include 2 Tbsp. of fresh ginger as well as some ground ginger.  I baked these to take to the contra dance, and they were a big hit.  So much so that some dancers followed me into the kitchen in search of crumbs from the carrying box!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture--of the brownies or the hungry dancers!

In my effort to catch up with the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers, and to bring enough snacks to the dance, I also made two cookie recipes that I had not yet baked:  Coconut Butter Cookies and Traditional Madeleines.

The dough for the Coconut Butter Cookies was delicious!  It had to be the lime zest, the coconut, and the ground macadamia nuts.  The dough is put into a gallon zip lock bag and then rolled out, then refrigerated.  I love this technique!  And it is so easy to slit the bag and cut the cookie dough into nice, even squares.  They spread a bit in baking, but they were delicious and much admired.
Coconut Butter Cookies

Next I baked Dorie's Traditional Madeleines.  It was great to be able to make the batter a day ahead; I did as she suggested and poured the batter into the molds and let them rest in the refrigerator overnight.  I have a silicone madeleine pan and have only used it a couple of times.  The results were interesting.  Notice that brown stripe down the center?  A little like a chipmunk!  I don't think the cookies bake evenly in the silicone pan but they are oh so fun to pop out of their molds!
Traditional Madeleines baked in a silicone pan
Madeleines close up

After baking three things with butter and eggs, it dawned on me that my son-in-law who would be playing fiddle at the dance, is experimenting with vegan eating this month.  He wouldn't be able to eat any of the goodies!  So I made a very easy Vegan cookie recipe--these, too, were devoured.  In my mind, they don't measure up to any of Dorie's recipes, but they tasted pretty good for having no butter, eggs, sugar, or flour.

Vegan oatmeal cookies
No dairy, no wheat, no sugar, but tasted fine.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
(Dairy, gluten, and sugar free)

Mash three ripe bananas.
Stir into the bananas:
     2 cups rolled oats
     1 cup raisins or chopped dates
     1/3 cup vegetable oil
     1 teaspoon vanilla

Allow batter to rest for 15 minutes.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Squish together the dough with your fingers, as needed.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until lightly brown.


  1. I haven't baked the brownies yet but I love brownies and ginger so I will make them soon. The coconut butter cookie is a favorite Dorie recipe. I too love the 'baggie trick'. I cut mine with a pizza cutter and ruler, perfect! They are great for bridal or baby showers.
    Have a great week.

  2. I thought I'd made Dorie's madeleines, but I don't remember letting the batter sit overnight. That explains alot. Thanks for baking with me this week. I hope one day you'll post a photo of those dancers!

  3. What a great roundup of recipes - everything looks fantastic. Even the vegan cookies!