Saturday, 16 November 2013

Chai Spiced Cookies

I love making an eating these spicy cookies around Christmas time. They have the perfect soft and chewy on the inside and crunchy and crisp on the outside texture. 
The smell of them baking is lovely and festive too. 

350g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
350g white caster sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
2. In a bowl, sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt.
3. In a separate bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice and black pepper. Remove 50g of the sugar-spice mixture, to use for sprinkling over the cookie mixture.

4. In a third bowl, beat the butter and sugar-spice mixture until light and fluffy.
5. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract

6. Slowly blend in dry ingredients mixing until just combined.
7. Divide the dough into 2cm sized pieces and roll it into balls and then dip into the sugar-spice mixture until covered

Place dough balls on the baking tray about 2 inches apart.

7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
8. Let stand on baking sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

9. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar-spice mixture.

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