Ginger pecan oatmeal crisps

A hint of ginger gives these oatmeal biscuits a Christmassy feel.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves48
  • DifficultyEasy
150g quick cooking oats
75g pecan halves
140g wholemeal flour
35g cornflour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
85g unsalted butter, softened
170g caster sugar
55g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1) Grind the oats and pecan pieces in a food processor until they resemble bread crumbs, reasonably fine but with some texture.

2) Sift the wholemeal flour, cornflour, ginger, salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a medium bowl. Stir in the oat/nut mixture.

3) In another medium bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for about 1 minute until smooth and light. Gradually add the caster and light brown sugar and continue beating for about 3 minutes more, until everything is evenly combined.

4) Add the vanilla and the egg then mix in the dry ingredients to make a textured dough.

5) Line a 1.5L loaf pan (or 3 mini loaf pans) with cling film, pack dough into the bottom half of the pan and press to level off. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for about 2 hours until completely firm.

6) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

7) Remove dough from the pan, unwrap and slice in half lengthwise if using a large pan. Slice each half crosswise into 0.5cm thick cookies. Place the cookies about a 2.5cm apart on the prepared pans.

8) Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool down and crisp up.

May be stored in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 week.

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