3 cups whole-wheat or simply wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (aluminum free)
2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh minced ginger (adds spice)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves (powder)
1/4 teaspoon mace or nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup canola or rapeseed oil (the last is a key to the end result!)
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup Nestle instant espresso coffee powder (or any other instant coffee powder)
raisins or currants or dried sweetened cranberries for decoration
1. Mix dry ingredients.
2. Mix wet ingredients separately and add coffee powder to them. Whisk the wet ingredients until you get a smooth mass (if you have coffee powder that does not dissolve easily heat the wet ingredients on low heat and stir till all become a smooth whole).
3. Add wet mixture to dry and knead into a nice golden brown colored dough ball. Stamp the ball flat and roll out between two baking sheets to a 1/4 inch thickness.
4. Heres the fun part! Take either cookie shapes or a nice sharp knife and cut cookie shapes out of the dough yourself. I like to let my imagination take the lead and end up with all kinds of forms. Decorate with the dried fruit.
5. Preheat the oven to 400F. Place cookies on two baking sheets (can use same ones you used to roll out dough) and bake until golden on bottom, or until they stop feeling sticky. Here you can decide for yourself whether you want softer texture or harder (real cookie texture) and bake them anywhere between 10 and 25 min.