mixing spices

March 17, 2008 |  Category:   cooking the biz

I opened my spice cabinet during my latest round of cookie baking and grabbed a jar of garam masala that I made a few months ago. Putting spices, herbs and other savory ingredients into sweets is nothing new and has always been a favorite trick of mine, so using garam masala in a cookie is hardly a stretch. It has all the warm spices that complement sweet flavors (cinnamon, cardamom, etc…), plus a few more savory ones that give it just a little extra kick. I ended up mixing a fresh batch as my older one was a bit too heavy on the black pepper, fenugreek and cumin. The cookies turned out pretty good – a crisp chocolate shortbread with a hint of garam masala and orange zest.

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  • unha March 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    my head is spinning just reading this. my straight-up sugar or chocolate chip cookie skill is in awe. didnt ever think about putting spices in cookies.. gotta try! save a cookie for me. (and J)

  • Jenna March 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    We will!