I have to start with a little disclaimer.....mine aren't actually "gingered". I don't know what happened, but when I went to the pantry to get the ginger, there wasn't any in there. I must have decided at some point that what I had was no longer any good and thrown in out hence, no ginger. I had fresh ginger and candied ginger, but I didn't think those would be great substitutes, so I punted.
Which means these are technically "Chinese Five Spice" Carrot Cookies. And damn good ones. What is Chinese Five Spice you ask? The jar says, "This blend of sweet, warm, cool and spicy flavors work together to liven any dish. An extremely versatile mixture for use in stir-fry, vegetables, pork; add a pinch to muffins, nut breads, or pancakes for a surprising and delightful twist." So there you have it.
The actual mixture is Ginger, Star Anise, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cloves, and other spices. Wonder with the "other spices" could be? Anyone?
So I don't know if mine tasted like the rest of the group, but they were delicious anyway. I don't think I would have picked this recipe on my own, so I'm certainly glad Natalia of gatti fili e farina (I have no idea what that means!) did. Check out her site for the recipe.