Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Real gingerbread cookies? With real chopped ginger? Yes, please!

This a really interesting recipe, by Aarti Sequiera, winner of "The Next Food Network Star." I've been wanting to try her recipes, since we love Indian food, and I thought this one might be a fun starting point. Well, these cookies were really tasty, not to mention beautiful. They don't taste much different than regular chocolate gingerbread cookies, despite some unusual ingredients, but maybe I just don't have a very discriminating palate. I didn't try the "Royal Icing," which supposedly makes these amazing. I didn't have powdered egg whites, so it wasn't an option. I did the chocolate icing instead, and found them delicious. I would love to try the royal icing next time, though. I would really recommend trying these. They are really flavorful, with just the right amount of gingery spice. The icing hardens nicely, so they stay pretty and taste great for several days.

Make these. They are gorgeous and delicious. A tad spicy, so only make 'em if you like ginger! 4 Bowls!

Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread

Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira

Prep Time: 30 min
Inactive Prep Time: 3 hr 0 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Level: Intermediate
Serves: 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies


  • 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 available at specialty shops)
  • 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
  • Chocolate Glaze, recipe follows
  • Royal Icing, recipe follows
  • Toasted fennel seed, dried rose petals and gold or silver dragees, for garnish


Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and garam masala in a large bowl. Set aside.

Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Beat on medium-high speed until the butter is smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and ginger; continue to beat over medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. 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 F and adjust racks to the bottom and top half of the oven. Line 3 to 4 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour.

Roll each portion of the dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle (if the dough becomes soft, chill for a bit in the refrigerator). Cut the dough with 3-inch cookie cutters, lay on the prepared baking sheets about 1-inch apart, and chill for 10 minutes. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Decorate, as desired, with Chocolate Glaze or Royal Icing. Garnish with toasted fennel seeds, dried rose petals, or silver dragees.

Chocolate Glaze:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons corn syrup

3 tablespoons water

Combine all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and cook until the chocolate melts, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir to smooth out and combine.

Royal Icing:

1 1/2 tablespoons egg white powder

3 cups confectioners' sugar

4 tablespoons water

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer over medium-high speed until it forms thick and glossy peaks, about 6 minutes.

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