I’ve always wanted to make Melting Moments (also known as Yo-yos) whenever I see them in cafes and bakeries. I love how it has this really light texture that just melts in your mouth and hence the name. Leading up to Christmas, I also wanted to make something Christmasy so adapting it slightly from the Gingerbread Cookies that I made previously along with making a few changes to the Lemon Melting Moments recipe from Taste.com.au, here is my twist on the traditionally Lemon flavoured Melting Moments.
Ginger & Orange Melting Moments (adapted from Taste.com.au)
Makes: 20 Cookies
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Passive Time: 40 minutes
260g Unsalted Butter, Softened
230g Plain Flour
90g Icing Sugar (Plus extra)
100g Custard Powder
1 1/8 tsp Mixed Spice
2 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
Orange Buttercream Filling
60g Unsalted Butter, Softened
100g Icing Sugar
2 1/2 tsp Orange Zest, Finely Chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Orange Juice, Sieved
1/8 tsp Salt
1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
3. Add in the sifted plain flour, icing sugar, custard sugar, mixed spice and ground ginger to the butter and stir to combine.
4. Using your hands, roll a teaspoon full of the dough into balls. Then place the dough balls 3cm apart on the baking paper. Use a fork dusted in icing sugar to press gently onto the balls to flatten them.
5. Place the trays in the oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for around 15 minutes or until the cookies are just cooked through. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Orange Buttercream Filling
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add in the orange zest, orange juice and salt to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Note: If the mixture feels a bit too soft, add extra icing sugar.
3. Pipe the buttercream onto one side half of the cookies and then sandwich together. Note: If you prefer the cookie filling to have a firmer texture, place into the fridge to harden slightly.
Ginger snaps or even ginger cookies are one of my favourite little treats. It’s quite funny though since I have a strong dislike for ginger in general, whether it’s raw, in a stir fry, congee, steamed fish etc. I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com a few Christmas’s ago and have made it a couple times now and I like it because it feels ‘healthier’ even though wholemeal/wheat flour isn’t really all that much better for you considering the other ingredients in these cookies. I’ve made a few changes as I didn’t have a few of the ingredients and to make it less sugary sweet.
Whole Wheat Ginger Snaps (Allrecipes)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Makes: 5 dozen (60 cookies)
1 cup butter or margarine (Slightly less)
3/4 cup white sugar (Caster sugar)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup molasses (Slightly less)
4 cups whole wheat flour (Wholemeal flour)
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Extra sugar for the topping
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs, and then the molasses. Combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir the dry ingredients into the molasses mixture just until blended.
3. Roll the dough into small balls, and dip the top of each ball into the remaining white sugar. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are cracked. Bake longer for crispy cookies, less time for chewy cookies. Cool on wire racks.
I like this recipe because these cookies are nice and crunchy and you get a nice cinnamon and ginger taste that isn’t particularly overpowering. These cookies aren’t like your usual ginger snaps that are wafer thin and ‘melts-in-the-mouth’ since it doesn’t contain icing sugar and it has wholemeal flour for that grainy texture.
Just a warning though, the cookie dough is extremely sticky because of the molasses so it’s quite difficult to shape but somehow they all turned out round.