By the time, I finished baking these, it was past midnight. Actually, I like baking in the night, after finishing the rest of the work, that's when I can concentrate best. I do not have to think about anything else, do not have to attend phone calls, which is generally when I tend to lose the track of time.
Before packing the cookies in their respective boxes, I tasted one and was really happy with the outcome, I could have easily had a few more, but resisted the temptation. Actually, I did not want my friends to have less, you see ;-)
This recipe is adapted from the Weihnachts Bäckerei, a German recipe book that I borrowed from a friend.
These cookies were so good that I have been already asked to make them again. Now that definitely is a good sign, isn't it? :-)
50 grams - chocolate 70%, finely grated
250 grams - all purpose flour (maida)
100 grams - blanched almond powder
100 grams - castor sugar
175 grams - cold butter
2 tbsp - milk
1 tsp - cinnamon powder
1 tbsp - cocoa powder1 tsp - dried ginger powder (saunth)
a pinch of salt
For rolling - 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 4 tbsp vanilla sugar, mixed together in a bowl
- Mix together the flour, almond powder, castor sugar, cinnamon powder, dried ginger powder, salt, cocoa powder and finely grated chocolate in a bowl.
- Add the small pieces of cold butter and the milk into the flour mix and rub together with the fingers until it forms itself into a dough.
- Make 2 rolls out of the dough. Cover the rolls with plastic wraps and let them chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C and line a baking tray with a baking paper.
- Take out the dough from the refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap, cut the rolls into small pieces, flatten each piece slightly, give a slight fork impression on the center of each cookie(optional) and place them on a lined baking tray.
- Place the tray in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 15 - 18 minutes.
- Take out the tray from the oven and immediately roll each cookie in the cocoa-vanilla sugar mixture and place them on a wire rack to cool completely before storing.