Gingered Carrot Cookies

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This healthy cookie recipe is a cross between a cookie and a scone and can be enjoyed as a snack or as part of a healthy breakfast. These cookies have the characteristic tenderness of a scone that it enhanced by the addition of carrots, which helps to keep the cookies supremely moist. With coconut, raisins, pecans and ginger and you have a homemade cookie you will be sure to try again. The ingredients in this homemade cookie recipe include flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, nutmeg, butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, shredded carrots, shredded coconut, raisins and pecans. For the full step by step homemade cookie recipe, you'll want to take a look at the Brown Eyed Baker site.

Pecans are available in a variety of forms. You will find pecans in vacuum-packed jars, sealed in plastic bags, or packed into cans. For the freshest and the most flavorful pecans, you want to choose whole pecans in the shell. You want to look for nuts that are heavy for their size and that don't rattle when shaken. The pecans shouldn't have any cracks or holes in the shells. When you buy shelled pecans in bags or in cans, you want to look for an expiration date. Shelled pecans can absorb odors and turn rancid quickly, and should always be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Pecans also freeze well, so if you buy more than you can eat right away, store the pecans in a moisture-proof plastic bag in the freezer. Unshelled pecans can also be stored for about three months at room temperature. Pecans are the most popular in dessert recipes such as pies, homemade cookies, and candy recipes, but also make a good addition to salad recipes, stuffings, chicken recipes or fish coating, and other savory main dish and side dish recipes. Pecans are also delicious whole, toasted and spiced, or can be covered with chocolate. Even though pecans have a high-fat content, these nuts are a good source of potassium, zinc, thiamine, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, niacin, iron, folic acid, and vitamin B6, and also a good source of dietary fiber. The fats are composed of 87 percent unsaturated fatty acids.

There are several benefits to eating pecans. Pecans are a nut that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant. There are a total of 18 vitamins and minerals found in pecans. Nutritionally, about one cup of pecans has 10 grams of protein, for 753 calories, and 78 grams of total fat. According to a 2001 study from the Journal of Nutrition, eating just a handful of pecans a day helped to lower cholesterol like that of medication. Pecans are also high in protein, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus. Additionally, pecans are a rich source of energy that can nourish the skin and stimulate hair growth, which allows it to grow strong and healthy. This is because of the amino acid L-arginine found in pecans which may help to improve blood flow and provides a good source of iron which is important to healthy hair. Toasting pecans will bring out both their aroma and add crunchiness. To toast pecans, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then spread out the pecans on a cookie sheet. Let the pecans bake for about five minutes or until the pecans are lightly browned and aromatic.

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