Thursday, May 26, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Mango Gingersnaps

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May is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  I have two big mango trees in my backyard, and both are filled with ripening fruit.  My challenge for myself this month is to use the mangoes to make jams, sauces, and other wonderful things.  (Such a problem, huh?)

I was looking for new mango recipes, so I checked out from the library The Great Mango Book by Allen Susser.  Susser is the renowned Miami chef and restaurateur who is a huge fan of mangoes.  So much so that he is a spokesperson for the National Mango Board.  Until recently, he used to trade a wheelbarrow full of mangoes for a dinner for two at his restaurant, Chef Allen's.  (That's about 200 pounds of mangoes.)

mango cookies
Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to take him up on that offer.  Chef Allen's closed last month.

al But, I found a yummy recipe in his book that I had to share with you.  It's for Mango Gingersnaps.  I mentioned before how I love the combination of mangoes and ginger, so this is really great!  I modified the recipe slightly from the one in the book.

(based on a recipe from The Great Mango Book by Allen Susser)

1 large ripe mango, chopped (here's how to cut a mango)
2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a food processor, puree the mango.  In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup mango puree with the ginger and cinnamon.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs into the butter mixture.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Fold half the flour into the batter.  Stir in the mango mixture.  Then fold in the rest of the flour.

Using a teaspoon, make small balls of dough.  Place them on cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a fork to make a cross-hatch pattern.  Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1 1 minute, and then remove the cookies to cool on wire racks.

Makes about 3 dozen.

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Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free May 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

Perhaps some mango preserves would go well on a slice of the Crusty Whole-Grain Cornbread that I've linked ;-) Besides being very frugal, it's also allergy-friendly.

Ann Kroeker May 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM  

Sounds yummy...and different. Thanks for linking up your creative ideas to Food on Fridays!

Marillyn Beard May 27, 2011 at 1:14 AM  

Yum!! I love love mangos! Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday, but please remember to link back to us too! Thanks!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son May 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

What a great recipe! I love mangos.

I'd like to invite you to link-up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

annies home May 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM  

they sound awesome I had a co-worker introduce me to the mango fruit a few years ago and have loved them since

Tess @ A Natural Mama May 28, 2011 at 3:50 AM  

I just received lots of mangoes from my Mom and didn't know what to do with those except to eat them as is. I think I want to try this simple recipe. Blog hopping from FTF! I hope you can check out mine here - Thanks and have a great weekend!

Cheerful May 28, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

sounds so interesting...and delicious! thanks for sharing your recipe! anyway, have a great weekend! -PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney May 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

Mmm, sounds like a good combination. Thanks for sharing this at Fat Camp Friday this weekend. Enjoy your weekend, see you next week!

Amanda May 30, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

oh these look great! thanks for sharing them and linking up at Savory Sunday!

Emily Thompson June 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

yum!! Anything with mango is great! Come on over to my tasty party!

Unknown June 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

Mango! I love mango but mostly mango martinis...
sorry couldn't resist
the cookies look yummy

Ginger Snaps June 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

W hen I saw Ginger Snaps I new I had to click the link! :) I'm Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts.(Came over from Sugar Bee Crafts) New follower. :)

Just started my own link up party over at

Would love to have you link up. A giveaway is involved. :)


Lisa June 2, 2011 at 1:48 AM  

I've tried mango bread before, but mango gingersnaps sound even better. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

Swathi June 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM  

Mango is my favorite fruit, mango ginger snaps sounds delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul hop.

Nancie June 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

Love mangoes. My friends in Taiwan have a dozen trees in their garden. When I visit it's mango, mango and more mango. I'll pass along this recipe.

I found you via Wanderfood Wednesday.

The Sweet Details June 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

Hey! Just thought I would let you know a featured you on Savory Sunday! The new hop is up so I'd love for you to come and share another recipe :)

Unknown June 6, 2011 at 6:21 AM  

Yum! Mango! These cookies sound soo delicious.. the combo of the mango and the ginger sounds divine! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you share this week!

Anonymous,  June 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

How many eggs does this recipe require? And what happens if you have only 1/2 cup of mango puree and not 3/4 cup puree? Would I have to reduce the other ingredients?

Unknown June 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

@Anonymous 6/12/11 6:29: Oh, my goodness, I forgot to list the eggs in the ingredients list. Thanks for catching that - I've changed it so that it says 2 large eggs. Also, I think it would be fine with only 1/2 cup puree - maybe just a little drier and less mango-tasting.

Unknown June 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

fabulous idea! how lucky to have a mango tree...i think i would just sit under it and snack all day long :) thank you for sharing this great recipe on tuesday night supper club.

The Daily Smash April 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM  

These look so yummy. Love your blog come and check out my blog

Have a great day

Anonymous,  May 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM  

I made these cookies and wound up with almost 7 dozen! Anyone else? I also thought there would be a much more distinct mango flavor...

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