Mellow Spice Cookies

Need a quick snack that you can share with friends?  Have a deepseated yearning but don’t want to pay high prices or eat a million preservatives?  This recipe will heal that void.  It’s is a variation on a basic recipe but I find it quite delicious.  These cookies are very quick and easy to make.  Depending on how you make them, they are slightly chewy, rather like a soft snickerdoodle.

You will need:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)

2 sticks (one cup) butter or margarine, softened but not melted

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 Tb spices (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, or whatever you like)

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix the brown sugar, spices, and baking powder.  Cut the butter into it.  Add the egg.  Mix well.  Add the flour till it turns into a crumbly dough.

Roll dough into balls about an inch and a half across, place on cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, top will be soft when it first comes out.  Let cool.  Makes about 2 dozen.

These cookies are also great if you substitute vanilla extract and Craisins.  I find that they are a little chewy but crispy on the bottom.  You could experiment with different spices.  I want to try some with Chinese Five Spice, or maybe just ginger and cinnamon!  Though they are far from a health food, it’s well known that having more culinary spices in your diet can help heal certain conditions.  So it’s worth a try if you were going to have cookies anyway!

Troubleshooting

If they spread too much, either the butter is too warm or you used too much sugar.

If you can’t mix the dough, either butter is too cold or you’re using too much flour.

If you are using margarine, use stick margarine like Blue Bonnet or it will be too soft.

 

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