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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Garam Masala Sugar Cookies

It was deer hunting opener, and we were without heat for a couple of days, so what do you do to keep the house warm ? You BAKE ! Realize, of course, that this keeps the kitchen warm, but makes the rest of the house freezing ! No matter, these cookies turned out great !

I just used a basic sugar cookie recipe. I believe these are traditionally called Amish sugar cookies, although I am not certain why. They are very delicate. I could have actually used a bit more of the garam masala in the coating, but that would be whatever your individual tastes would prefer. Either way, they are YUMMY!

Garam Masala Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter (always used salted butter for cookies)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 1/2 cups flour

For rolling, combine:
1/3 cup fine baking sugar
1 tablespoon (or more) garam masala

Cream butter and sugars together. Add oil, and vanilla, and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Add dry ingredients slowly. Roll into balls, about 1 teaspoon each, and roll in the sugar/garam masala mixture. Flatten with a glass. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until they just start to turn golden. Let sit on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then let cool. This makes 7-8 dozen small cookies.

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