Sunday, November 05, 2006

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles



I saw these cookies in a post on Slashfood, last Tuesday. I felt so inspired I headed straight for the kitchen - even at 7.30 in the morning. These were really a breeze to make, and it didn't matter one bit that I was a little late for work - since I came bearing cookies! Very popular, very popular indeed.

The recipe comes from Karen at Family Style, and I hope she doesn't mind my reprinting it here - it's just so fabulous that I never want to lose track of it. If you want it with American measurements (I changed quantities just slightly) - here's Karen's original.

These are great cookies - chewy-crispy with amazing spicy flavor and a deep chocolatey scent. What are you waiting for? Get baking!!

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
24 large cookies

5 dl sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp white pepper
225 butter, softened
1 dl cocoa powder
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract (vanilla sugar is fine too)
5 dl flour
1,5 tsp baking powder

Heat the oven to 175°C. Put baking paper on two cookie sheets.

Mix the sugar and all the spices in a large bowl (could be the bowl of your kitchen-aid, if you use one) and reserve 1 dl for later. Add the butter and beat with the sugar mix until very pale and fluffy.

Add the cocoa powder, and beat until completely mixed in. Add the eggs and the vanilla, keep on beating. Finally stir in the flour and the baking powder.

Roll balls, about walnut-size, and dip them in the reserved sugar-spice-mix. Place on a cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with your hand. I could fit 12 cookies her sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, remove and let cool on a rack.

The recipe in Swedish:
Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vad är en snickerdoodle på svenska?

Pam said...

I'll definitely have to try these. I've got quite a few friends who are fans of chai and chocolate, so this will make a perfect baked gift!

Joe said...

These looks great Anne!

Anne said...

Jaa du Jessica, det är nog inte riktigt översättningsbart :) Det är ett namn, helt enkelt - en traditionell snickerdoodle har dock ingen choklad i smeten, och är rullad i enbart socker och kanel. En klassisk småkaka i USA! :)

Amanda said...

Anne, i just LOVE the way you've styled this photo. i've never seen snickerdoodles look more elegant! (and tasty!) YUM...

Rachael said...

Yum seems to bland a word for these beauties! They are spectacular!

KrakelSpektakel said...

Hur gör du när du översätter cups till européeiska mått? Cups är ju inte något jämnt som 0,5 dl eller liknande. Det är ju viktigt med exakta proportioner när man bakar.

Anne said...

Amanda & Rachael, thank you so very much!

KrakelSpektakel - faktum är att det inte är SÅ himla noga. Oftast testar jag att jämna måtten lite från de amerikanska recepten - och det brukar funka jättebra. Annars anger jag oftare viktmått, eller exakta (men vem kan mäta upp 3,1 dl?) - men där jag vet att det funkar avrundar jag gärna. Nu bakade jag med "svenska mått" från start. Här var det amerikanska 2,25 cups - 5,3 dl, och det gick fint att helt enkelt minska lite. :)

Karen said...

anne, I just found this post - thanks for linking to me. The cookies look beautiful!