Thursday, October 06, 2005

Symphonic cookies

The chocolate gingerbread cookie is a symphony of flavors. The molasses, cocoa and chocolate provide a deep bass line, with timpani-like booms when you bite into the chunks of chocolate. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon fill the middle range. And at the top is the inspired pairing of dry and fresh ginger, which also gives some 'resonance' through lingering flavor and sharpness. Each bite gives that outstanding structure of high, medium and low tones, and a sugar coating adds to the excitement. It's easy to see why this was "cookie of the year" in the Living magazine a few years ago. They are so good that I have a photocopy of the recipe pasted on my refrigerator.

Even if you have hundreds of cookie recipes in your cookbook collection, these cookies are worth trying soon (unless you have an aversion to spices or chocolate). The recipe is on the Martha Stewart Living website here.

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1 comment:

golliwog said...


I like what i have read on your blog... cant put a finger on it, but i like it!
your descriptions are quiet... intelligent... and enjoyable.
i look forward to reading more of your masala...

by the way, we (i mean in north india) usually call the winter melon 'dudhi' or 'lauki'. 'petha' is the sweet made from it.