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Gingerbread Thumbprints with Balsamic Butterscotch Caramel

A classic gingerbread cookie gets an update when traditional décor is traded for a balsamic-spiked butterscotch filling. For an amazing dessert alternative, scoop coconut milk vanilla ice cream into glasses, then top with crumbled gingerbread cookies and a generous dose of balsamic butterscotch sauce. Serve warm. By Laurie Sadowski

 FOR THE COOKIES:

  • 2 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2-1/2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1-1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 9 tbsp Della Terra Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons nondairy milk

 FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1/4 c Della Terra Butter Olive Oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 3 tbsps Della Terra Honey Ginger Balsamic

Put the sorghum flour, quinoa flour, tapioca flour, ginger, xanthan gum, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until well combined.

Put the brown sugar, Della Terra Blood Orange Olive Oil, molasses, flaxseed, and nondairy milk in a stand mixer or a large bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until well combined and emulsified. Slowly add the flour mixture, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough. Divide the mixture into three pieces and flatten into discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using your hands, pull off 1-inch sized pieces of the mixture. Roll into balls. Put the balls on the prepared baking sheet, then press the centre with your finger to create an indent. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until just firm on the edges. When warm, re-indent each one to make room for the filling. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.

To make the filling, put the Della Terra Butter Olive Oil, brown sugar, sugar, and coconut milk in a small saucepan. Cook on low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the Della Terra Honey Ginger Balsamic. Cool 5 minutes, then spoon the mixture into the thumbprints.

The mixture will thicken more as it cools.

Makes approximately 4 dozen.

 




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