Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Garam Masala Snickerdoodles

One of my friends recently had a birthday potluck. I always view potlucks as a challenge to make something interesting, and she helped me along with her theme:  Tim Curry! All dishes must contain some sort of curry & everyone voted on their favorite Tim Curry film to watch after eating. When challenged to come up with a curry flavored dessert I was a little overwhelmed initially. A quick google search revealed a lot of curry infused truffles, but I knew I wanted to bake something. In bumbling about our spice cabinet looking for curry powders, I found the garam masala jar. As soon as I opened it, I knew it would work perfectly for spicing up some snickerdoodles.

leaves and flours vegan gluten free Garam Masala Snickerdoodles

While not quite a recipe from one of the cookbooks I read (Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats), it's only the tiniest of modifications from Allyson Kramer's snickerdoodles. Aside from adding two teaspoons of garam masala to the cookie dough, I didn't have any millet flour on hand, so I replaced it with a mixture of brown rice flour & almond meal that worked out well. I rolled the cookies in a mixture of sugar, garam masala powder, and cinnamon. The garam masala blend I used was from McCormick (coriander, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, & cinnamon) but I feel like the mix from Penzey's would be even better if I made these again (coriander, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, kalonji, caraway, cloves, ginger & nutmeg). 
Have you made anything a little out of the ordinary recently? The only bizarre ingredient I can't get behind in my desserts is beets. They just taste like dirt to me no matter what I do to them. Beans, throw it in! Potatoes, we can definitely work with that. Spinach? I'm sure we can sneak a little puree in somewhere. Beets, get the frak out! If you get the reference, we should totally be friends.

9 comments:

  1. What an original twist on snickerdoodles! I love it!
    I've never tried baking with beets, but I do love baking with beans of all kinds ;-)

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  2. Looks amazing! And so creative! Haha I do use red beetroot as an alternative to red food colouring! :)

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  3. Yup. You are so right about beets!

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  4. I never thought about using that spice blend on cookies, but is seems so sensible lol
    Totally have to give these a try!

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  5. Superamazing idea! I've only just recently discovered the wonders of Garam Masala and now you've totally inspired me. Garam Masala fig bread or apple pie or pear nut muffins would be fun to try and would smell heavenly fresh out of the oven.
    Oh yeah...which film did you choose? ;)

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    1. I voted for Clue, but had to leave before the winner was announced! Silly early morning baker's hours.

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  6. i can't do beets either. just. . . no.

    these sounds amazing but you forgot to tell us what tim curry movie you watched? i can't decide if i would vote on RHPS or Clue?!

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    1. I voted for Clue, but had to leave before the winner was announced! Silly early morning baker's hours.

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  7. these are my kind of cookies:)

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