Friday, August 21, 2009

Spiced Cookies

These are simple cookies made from cocoa and spiced with cinnamon,and clove.I adapted the recipe from a Chocolate book I got from library. The recipe was eggless itself and was ready in a jiffy.

AllPurpose Flour: 1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa: 3-6 tbsp (I used 3 tbsp)
Cinnamon Powdered: 1 tsp +
Clove Powdered: 1/2 tsp +
Ginger Powdered : (optional)

Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup softened (I used not too softened)
Confectioner's Sugar: 3/4 cup

In a bowl,sift together,flour,spice powders,and the cocoa powder.In another big bowl,cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Stir in the dry mix into the creamed mix and mix with hands/beater in low speed to obtain a dough or little crumbly mass.

Put this mass with two sheets of plastic or nonstick parchment paper and roll it out as thin as you like or 1/8 inch.Cut out circles of 2.5 inch and place on a greased/lined cookie sheet.Bake in a preheated oven at 325F/160C for 10-15 minutes or until it firm to touch /bottom starts browning.Cool in the sheet itself for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I used not exactly room temp butter-it was slightly chilled and I kept it out for 15 minutes only as I could not wait to bake and consume the cookies.Anyway,this partially cold butter can be seen in some cookies as a cream spot and it also created a flaked look .

Also for the first batch of cookies,rather than rolling the dough out,I simply pinched spoonful (tablespoonful) of dough,rounded it and then flattened it and then placed it in the cookiesheet. It looked like....

The second batch cookies were obtained by pressing the dough out within the plastic sheet and using a fluted cokie cutter/mould.

The cookies were done in around 12 minutes,when the the bottom started browning and they were crunchy and mix of chewy and crispy on the day they were baked.The chewiness slightly increased the next day when I tasted the few remaining.The recipe gives around 2 dozen cookies or 1 dozen sandwiches.

Sandwich two cookies using sweetened whipped cream/jam/nutella or whatever you like.I used whipped cream

The cookies were heavenly delicious as they had my favourite spice cinnamon .I did not use powdered ginger,but used clove powder as it enhances the cinnamon flavour.You can avoid the said spices and add in even chilli powder or powder for a fiery as well as sweet cookie.


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