Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day Number Two of Cookie Ambitions

Becca, here.

Woke up this morning to find out that I'd be making a Garam Masala-Chocolate Ginger Cookie. 
#1. What is garam masala? Nevermind, I had it. Thank you spice rack from Target 2 Christmas's ago.
#2.  Where does one find molasses? Next to the syrup of course.  (I bought mine for $4)
#3.  How do you peel ginger? With the back of a spoon. Thanks Food Network.

Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread
by Aarti Sequeria

Here's what you'll be needing to scrounge up:

Dry ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour, plus for dusting
2/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice blend)

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup molasses

Combine all the dry ingredients.

Then in another bowl beat the butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until butter is smooth.
Add the sugar and ginger; continue to beat over medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg until fully incorporated.
Add the molasses and continue to beat until fully incorporated.
Add the flour in 2 batches and mix on low until combined and forms a sticky dough.
Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and pat into 2 (1/2-inch thick) rectangles.
Chill for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line 3 to 4 baking sheets with parchment paper/grease
Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour.
Roll each portion of the dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle
(still waiting on that rolling pin for Christmas)
My dough was pretty sticky so you'll need to keep cool in fridge between pans.
Bake until the cookies for about 12 minutes.
Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

The recipe said to decorate with a chocolate glaze or royal icing.  Also it suggested rose petals to decorate.  Sorry Aarti, no time for fancy decor when I'm baking between homework.

I went for sugar and peppermint. 
It really made the cookie I think. 
And while i'm not 100% on them quite yet, I'm happy to try it!

If you've got some garam masala laying around, go on and try it.

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