I've joined a baking group which is right up my alley: 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies. Yes folks, it's just over 12 weeks till Christmas! The deal is to bake whatever you wish for 12 weeks every Friday, starting from October 1st till 17th December. Ideally what you bake will be Christmas themed, well, that's what I'm going to try and stick to anyway so watch out for all my Christmas serveware featuring in the photos!
My first attempt was a recipe I've been wanting to try for a while. I almost made it one time, but I passed the name by my husband and he kinda crinkled his nose up at it, so I made something else that time instead. Today, I decided this was the cookie I was going to make. The recipe looks very Christmas-y to me as it is loaded with spices. The end is a buttery, spicy, crumbly scrumptious cookie that just melts in your mouth. Even though the name suggests it might be quite savoury, the taste of pepper is so sweet and delicate. Yum.
I present to you Spicy Pepper Cookies!
Spicy Pepper Cookies
225g butter at room temperature
90g soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon rind
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup whipping cream
Sift the flour, baking powder and spices together in a clean bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla extract and lemon rind to butter and sugar mixture and combine. Add a small amount of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar and mix until combined, then add a small amount of the whipping cream to the mixture and combine. Repeat, alternating until both are finished, starting with the spiced flour and ending with the spiced flour. Add in the ground almonds and mix till combined.
Form small balls from the cookie batter and place on a non stick baking sheet. Bake cookies at 350F for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack for a couple of minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Makes about 20 cookies - dare I say 12g of fat each! Yikes!!
Week 1 Twelve Weeks of Christmas: