Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Recipe | 2 comments

Lately, I’ve continued making soymilk but haven’t put the okara to use as I usually have. Now, the little container I use to store my fresh okara in the freezer is overflowing to the point that I’ve switched to using a simple gallon ziplock freezer bag. Well, what to do with all this okara? I can’t just throw it out! It’s practically a gold mine of fiber and protein, that’d be such a waste.

After some thought, I decided that as much as I loved my fancy tuna salad, I wanted to use the okara in a way that people can easily eat it on the go. As the wheels in my head turned, it slowly cranked out the equation of “on the go + sweet + snack = cookies!” and I had that lightbulb moment where I’m supposed to shriek “Eureka”.

While my family eats just about anything, they are rather picky with how salty, sweet, and oily their foods are. Especially my grandpa whose heart of hearts only has anko (red bean) in mind when it comes to dessert. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten around to making anko cookies yet (one of these days…), so instead I turned to something else that I felt relatively confident the whole family would be pleased with. Ginger!

Ginger is aromatic and healthy, plus it lends a pleasant but delightful spiciness to food. These okara ginger cookies are both mildly sweet and spicy and they are soft and chewy — my favorite kind of cookie! While ginger is awesome by itself, I decided to pack in even more flavor by adding a few more spices…white pepper included. Plus, by coating the cookie in granulated cane sugar — which has a light molasses flavor — it adds yet another texture to this soft and chewy cookie. Altogether, you get a cookie that’s soft and chewy, mildly sweet and spicy, smells great, and begins with a nice crunch.

Does something seem strange here?

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup wet okara
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

 

~ AJ ~

Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang

2 Comments

  1. Jul-22-2012

    LOLLLL I forgot and didn’t notice it until I read the caption and stared for 5 seconds xD

    • Jul-22-2012

      Stop staring at your butt!…I mean, shh, you’re going to give it away!

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