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April 24, 2010

Vanilla Chai Cookies

Vanilla Chai Cookies [packaged]

I've just returned from the east coast to look at colleges. I'm on my spring break right now, which happens to be two weeks long (woo hoo!). Of course the first thing I did when I got back was to start baking. I've always been a fan of little cookies (here, here, here, & here). I think it's nice to be able to have a small treat when you want something sugary, but you don't want to eat an entire cheesecake.

These cookies taste just like a sweet chai latte. These would be great for a little tea time snack. Or any snack time for that matter.
Vanilla Chai Cookies + teacup

Also, on another note, you may have noticed that Pâtisserie Natalie looks a little different. I've updated the layout for spring 2010. As you probably know, I design and code all my own layouts, and I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. Being on spring break gave me some time to work on this new layout, which took a while to get right. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Vanilla Chai Sable Cookie

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Combine butter and sugar in stand mixer until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and mix well. Add to the wet ingredients and mix just until barely combined. Using your hands, use a kneading motion inside the bowl so that the dough starts to come together. Flour your hands if the dough is sticking to you. Divide into two parts, flatten into disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Take out one of the disks and roll out to 1/4" thick on a flour surface. Using a scalloped cookie cutter (see link at the bottom) about 1 3/4" in diameter. Cut out cookies (I also cut out a little shape in the middle of half the cookies) and bake for 8 minutes, until edges are just slightly golden brown.

Cardamom Cream
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until soft and smooth. Transfer to a piping bag with plain tip about 1/2" in diameter. Sandwich cream in between two cookies.

What I used:
R & M Biscuit Cutter 6 Piece Double Sided Scalloped & PlainAteco Pastry Tube - Plain - Size 6R & M Mini Cookie Cutter Set, Tin


Jackie said...

Oh. my goodness. These are making my tummy rumblr. They look absolutely scrumptious! I'm definitely bookmarking this. I need to make these soon.

Valen said...

These cookies look quite delicious! I'm sure I would love them!

Natalie said...

Thanks, guys!

Mrs Soup said...

I don't bake....really, I can burn water....but these.....these make me want to do so. Instead, I think I'll have my husband do them for me. Because YUM!


i love your photos! :)

Natalie said...

Thank you. I'm so glad you like my work!

Chloe (Naturally Frugal) said...

I love your baked goods and your new blog layout! Did you do it yourself? It looks great!

Natalie said...

Chloe- Yes, I did do it myself. Glad you like :)

Anne's Kitchen said...

Ohhhh, beautiful!!! Seriously, they look so delicious! And I love the Patisserie Nathalie Box! What a sweet idea! Did you print out the label or did you get stickers done for your gift-boxes? Darn cute!

Natalie said...

Anne's Kitchen- Thanks, and yes, I did print them out myself. They're just Avery shipping labels that I downloaded a templat for online, then customized. I'm likely going to major in graphic design in college, so any chance I get to do some sort of graphic design/typography project I take.

Yujai said...

This is lovely! I will definitely try it!

Natalie said...

thanks, everyone. have fun baking.
anne's kitchen: sorry, for the late response. been having a problem with comment notification. but i designed and printed the labels onto sticker paper, then stuck them on some 1/2 lb candy boxes.
chloe: yes, i did do the layout myself. glad you like it :)

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