Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chai spice cookies

Ahh the spice of life. Complex, spicy and sweet all at the same time.

1 1/2 Sticks Butter
1/2 c. Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c/ Flour
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Ground cloves
3/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom

Sugar sprinkle:
1/2 c. Confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cardamom
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cream butter with a mixer. Slowly add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating until combined. Begin adding the dry ingredients and continue mixing until combined well. Scrape dough out of the bowl and into some plastic wrap and form into a ball/mound/lump (whatever you want) and chill for about 30 minutes.
Flour your work surface and roll out dough to a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. Use a cookie cutter of your choosing and lay cookies on a parchment or silicone mat lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let sit on the sheet for about a minute to set after they are taken out of the oven. Transfer to wire rack and let cool.
For the sugar sprinkle, mix the sugar and the spices together and with a wire mesh sieve or a sifter, sprinkle over top of the cookies while they are just slightly warm.

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