Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Simple Spicy Cookie for Tuesday

I was born into a stable home, a place I have lived for my entire life up to this point. But I have always felt the pull of faraway lands, exotic experiences, daring adventures; the beat of a misplaced gypsy heart.
However, sometimes I crave the simplicity of the everyday. The comfort of home style and handmade.
On a wet spring night, all I really want is a good book, a warm jumper, a cup of tea and cookie on the saucer beside it.
These cookies call to mind far off lands with their date and spice studded dough, but the texture, the very warmth that emanates from the act of eating a cookie are comfortingly familiar.
Please enjoy.

Date, Walnut and Cinnamon Cookies

Inspired by 'Indulgence Cookies' from Murdoch Books.
Makes 24 Cookies
125g unsalted butter, softened
140g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
100g plain flour
110g plain wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Cover dates with boiling water and leave for about 10 minutes, then drain well and chop.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flours, baking powder and cardamom.
  4. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy using electric mixer (or really working those arm muscles).
  5. Add egg yolk and beat until just combined.
  6. Pour in dates and walnuts and stir with wooden spoon to combine.
  1. Add flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  1. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to make dough easier to shape.
  2. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on trays about 4cm apart and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These pair perfectly with a good cup of Irish breakfast tea.

1 comment:

  1. YUM!!! i have not baked in so long...maybe this weekend. and i would love to try some new recipes like this one :) thanks for your sweet comment on my blog...you are a great friend! i love the intro you wrote before the recipe...so poetic but so true. so often we dream of far away places...just a moment away from the usual. when we have our minds open to it...it is definitely possible to be swept away even from our own home :)