For the Christmas cookie Recipe Swap, I was given Spice Cookies from Cookies on Friday.
Spice cookies were my grandpa's favorite cookie. He put molasses in them though, and I remember as a little kid making them with him. It has been so long since I've had one however, that I didn't remember what they were like.
White Chocolate Dipped Spice Cookies
slightly adapted from Cookies on Friday
yields 24 tiny gingerbread men shaped cookies
2 cups flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I didn't have allspice in my spice cabinet)
2 sticks butter, at room temperature, cut into slices
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
White Chocolate Dip
6 ounces white chocolate
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1) In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, ginger, pepper, baking soda, cocoa
powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Process to blend.
2) Add butter; pulse until
mixture resembles coarse meal.
3) In a small bowl, mix vanilla, lemon peel, and 1
tablespoon water. Add to food processor; process until dough forms a
4) Divide dough in half. Roll out each portion between sheets of waxed
paper to about 1/4 inch thick. Stack and chill rolled dough until firm, about 45
minutes (or longer).
5) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut out cookies with a
2-inch round cutter. Place 1/2 inch apart on silicone mat-lined baking sheets.
Bake until pale brown, about 12-15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool
6) Melt white chocolate and shortening in the microwave or in a
heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until
chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
7) Dip each cookie halfway into white
chocolate mixture, then place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. If desired, drizzle
undipped half of cookie with more white chocolate mixture.
I have to say that this is one busy tasting cookie. In each bite, it is hard to discern what you are actually tasting. I didn't mind this cookie, but it isn't my favorite cookie. I really liked the plain spice cookie better than the cookie with the chocolate dip on it. I think the shortening overwhelms the amount of chocolate and it just ends up muting the spices within the cookie.
This cookie takes a long time to make if you're doing it in one evening. I started mine at 6:15 in the evening and didn't finish until a little after 9 at night. Between making the dough, letting it chill in the fridge, cooking the cookies, cooling them, and then dipping, it just makes for a long process.