Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies

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.


  1. I find warm flavors very attractive in cookies, especially when the weather turns chilly. Thanks for the ingredients that make up the Garam Masala spice mix. I suspect I would have a hard time finding Garam Marsala in our little grocery store here in the boonies.

    Hope you have a great weekend Barbara.

  2. Who would have thought? Of course, when you look at what makes up garam marsala, it would be a good addition. I'm putting this on my list of fall cookies.


  3. I've been holding onto a cardamom cookie recipe -- you remind me I have to try it. And this, too, of course!

  4. I love that spice:)
    Perfect color for now also..

  5. Love these cookies Barbara!

  6. Chocolate and garam masala...what a heavenly blend of flavours! These cookies look exquisite!

  7. Huh! I would never in a million years thought of that, but spices do go really well with chocolate.

  8. Oh my. And I think our WS is open - I'm in danger of not being able to call this place podunk much longer - hmmm...

  9. That is an interesting combination! I really love the idea. Those cookies must taste wonderful.



  10. Chocolate loves spices! I think it's a great idea and can't wait to try it. I have my own favorite mix from an Indian recipe with rose buds in it. Roses and chocolate are a match made in heaven... or at least India!

  11. Chocolate loves spices! I think it's a great idea and can't wait to try it. I have my own favorite mix from an Indian recipe with rose buds in it. Roses and chocolate are a match made in heaven... or at least India!

  12. These cookies sound great! I haven't baked with garam masala, but this would be a good place to start.

  13. Chocolate and spices are awesome :D
    Delicious job!


  14. Oh Barbara están hermosas y muy ricas,abrazos.

  15. I'm hearing about all kinds of spices paired with chocolate lately - I think the other was cardamom. Another good reason to choose chocolate!

  16. Who knew indeed?

    These look intriguing, might make a nice addition to my holiday platter...

  17. I never really thought about it, but now that I do, it makes sense that garam masala would work so beautifully.
    "Garam" means "warm or hot", its just a combination of warming spices. The mix can vary A LOT, but the ingredients for your version here are very very soft rather than spicy so it sounds wonderful.
    *kisses* H

  18. Oh my Barbara, I so love this recipe. I was actually here the other day when I ran to the pantry to see if I had any Garam Masala and I did. I totally forget to come back and tell you, lol...Good thing I came back to bookmark it!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  19. How unusual cookies Barbara! I am sure they are bursting with flavors!

  20. Chocolate and curry! Wow you have got my attention. These are just daring me to try them:-)

  21. Barbara,
    These chocolate cookies look so yummy. I wish I had one to go with my coffee right now.

    Happy October!


  22. well, these are just all kinds of interesting. i don't think i've ever actually cooked with garam masala and i think i'd like to start with these!

  23. I'm so intrigued by these flavours Barbara! :D



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