Although there is no cheese involved, you would never know it. Cashews soaked overnight then blended create a lusciously smooth and creamy filling, with dates and pecans standing in for a nutty crust. Top it off with whatever fruit is in season and you really can’t go wrong.
Not to be confused with a gingersnap cookie which are usually very crispy and spicy, these cookies have just the right blend of spices with the richness of molasses and the zing of crystallized ginger.
It’s a myth that preserves need to be made in large batches – with a basket of berries on hand, or a few that are starting to get too squishy to eat on their own, you can mix up a single jar of jam to keep in the fridge and dip into for a few weeks.
A giant cookie makes the perfect vehicle for berries in season; serve it in slices like a pizza – if you want to be fancier about it, call it a tart.
With just 3 ingredients, which I usually have on hand, these will be in my cookie rotation for years to come. They are slightly crunchy on the outside and satisfyingly chewy on the inside – I think best described they are the Italian cousin of a French Macaron.