Spiced cookies are truly a holiday season joy. The strong flavors of the season like cinnamon and nutmeg melding together into one delicious cookie are hard to pass by. Which is why we made our own delicious variation, the super spiced cookie of your winter time dreams!!
These maple-coated, cinnamon sugar sprinkled goodies will delight all of the scenses. The smell of your kitchen will be enough to make your mouth water! And on these days where the cold is seeping into peoples bones, and the clody weather is keeping the sun away; these cookies will be there to be the bright warmth you need.
2 tsp. ground Vietnamese Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground Ginger Root
1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Cloves
1/4 tsp. fine ground Black Pepper
1 Vanilla Bean (scrapped)
3/4 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 large Egg
1/4 cup unsulphured Molasses
1 cup unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 2/3 cup All Purpose Flour
(optional) 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup powdered Maple Syrup
Hepp's Cinnamon Sugar found at the Chabom Brick and Mortar
(Or you can make your own cinnamon sugar blend.)
Make sure butter is at room temperature.
Pre-heat oven to 360º F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
It is easier to scrape your vanilla bean just before you add it to your mixure rather than scraping it into a bowl and adding it later.
We recommend setting all of your ingredients out before hand in order to access them quickly and easily.
Put the maple syrup powder into a small bowl, something easy to roll your dough ball in.
In a large mixing bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, the egg, molasses and butter.
Whisk vigerously until you get a thick homogenized paste.
Pour in your ground cinnamon, ginger root, nutmeg, cloves & black pepper.
Scrape your vanilla bean and add it to the mixing bowl. (If you choose to add vanilla extract, add now)
With a spatula, fold the mixture together until the spices are incorporated well.
Add your salt, baking soda and flour.
First with your spatula, fold in the dry ingredients. Once the mixture becomes lumpy, with clean hands, begin kneeeding the dough together to better incorporate the ingredients until it becomes a thick hefty dough (around the texture of PlayDough)
With a small scoop or your hands, scoop out roughtly a pingpong sized ball.
Roll your ball in the maple syrup powder and place onto your baking sheet.
From there you can gently smoosh your dough and sprinkle your cinnamon sugar on top.
Pop the baking sheet and cookies into your oven and set a timer for about 5 minutes. When your timer goes off you will want to rotate your baking sheet 180º in the oven and set your timer for 5 more minutes.
Take your cookies from the oven and allow them to cool.