Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Chocolate Spice Quickies
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was picked by Jessica of My Baking Heart. She chose Chocolate Spice Quickies, which were very different than I envisioned after reading the recipe title. I figured that they would be a cookie that you mix and bake in a matter of minutes. Not so! They are a refrigerator cookie where you make the dough in the food processor and then shape into logs. Once they’ve been in the refrigerator for a couple hours, you can slice and bake them up in no time. So they are quick if you plan ahead. You can get the recipe for these quick-in-some-ways cookies on Jessica’s blog.
I like refrigerator cookies, since you can make the dough ahead and bake them up when you have time. In my case, I baked a lot of things at once before heading on vacation. It was warm in the house at the time so I was thankful that I could make these one evening and then bake them in the morning before the house got too warm. My logs weren’t perfect circles, but I was ok with that. I had thought about rolling the logs in chocolate sprinkles or something like that to jazz them up, but I ended up following the original recipe exactly: no adornments.
These little cookies are speckled with the ground almonds, which makes them look interesting. I didn’t taste the spice all that much, but my husband picked up on that flavor right away. I think I would call these cocoa almond quickies. While they contain melted chocolate, I thought the flavor was more reminiscent of cocoa. I like these cookies, but they aren’t showstoppers. The chocolate and almond flavors are nice and the spice is a very slight accent. Perfect for afternoon tea.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 140