Coconut Ginger Sticky Rice Jumbles

These simple drop cookies feature hints of Thai influence from coconut, candied ginger and sesame seeds. Crispy rice cereal adds a playful twist on "sticky rice."

Coconut Ginger Sticky Rice Jumbles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup candied ginger pieces, diced*
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional

* Candied ginger (also called crystallized ginger) can be found in many supermarket produce or spice sections or in a health or gourmet store.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugars, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until blended.
  6. Stir in coconut, ginger and cereal, mixing until just blended.
  7. Using a teaspoon, drop the dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets about 1/2 inch apart.
  8. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with sesame seeds, if desired.
  9. Bake until edges just start to turn golden but centers are still moist, 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Yield: 3 dozen

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

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