Saffron Spice Cookies
Oct 16, 2008
Are you tired of the most creative cookie you eat being a chocolate chip something? Some people would say you can’t go wrong with your typical kid’s cookie recipe. But, if you are looking for something unique and grown up, then this saffron spice cookie is for you. It’s an equal companion for a cup of coffee or a bowl of ice cream.
Stealing a technique from my mum, you can form the cookie dough into little balls and squish the balls with a fork. The effect gives the cookies a home-made and rustic look. Who has time to roll cookie dough?
The saffron spice cookie recipe is a flavor fest. The cookies smell amazing with the spice combination of all spice, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Once the cookie hits your taste buds, the slightly bitter saffron kicks in. These cookies melt in your mouth. John loved the cookies—although a different combination of spices then he is used to. The baking aroma brought back his childhood memories of making chocolate chip cookies with his mother.
||large pinch of saffron
||tablespoon boiling water
||cup super fine sugar
||cup all purpose flour
||teaspoon baking powder
||teaspoon mixed spice
||teaspoon ground ginger
||teaspoon ground cinnamon
||extra tablespoon super fine sugar
||Extra saffron threads
12 large or 24 small
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dissolve saffron in boiling water. With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and saffron water until light and creamy. Beat in the egg yolk.
Sift in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, ginger and cinnamon, mixing well. Knead briefly with floured hands. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, so the mixture doesn’t melt and stick to the bench.
Make 12 to 24 small balls, place on parchment paper baking tray, then with a fork squish down the dough two or three times to flatten.
Sprinkle with super fine sugar and saffron threads.
Bake for 12 minutes or until just cooked, but not browned.
Carefully transfer to a wire rack—they should still be a little soft but will become crisp as they cool.
Cinnamon, Saffron and Ginger