Oh yes....I had to try these! Very unusual, with flavors I've never tried together before. As most of you know: garam masala is a blend of spices common to Northern India, toasted and ground together. Everyone has their own favorite recipe and below, Gayle has listed the ingredients for the one she used in these cookies. I happened to have a jar already made up from Williams Sonoma, so used that. It's a lovely cookie with warm flavors and I discovered much to my surprise, garam masala goes very well with chocolate. Who knew?
Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies
From The Global Pastry Table by Gayle Gonzales
Ingredients for a Garam Masala Spice Mix:
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander...generous
scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Ingredients for the Cookie Dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala spice mix
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup sugar + 1/2 teaspoon garam masala for dipping the cookies
For the garam masala: blend all the spices together until mixed.
For the cookies: stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons of garam masala and salt
Beat the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture on low speed and mix just until it starts to form large clumps.
Remove from mixer and use rubber spatula to scrape bottom and side of bowl. Mix until well blended.
Divide dough into two equal portions and place each on parchment paper. Form two 8 1.2 inch by 1 1/2 inch logs WRap in parchment and refridgerate for at least 2 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line baking sheets with parchment. Mix 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon garam masala in a bowl. Cut dough into scant 1/2 inch slices and toss in sugar mixture to coat. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on rack.