For December, the Dorie's Cookies group participants could chose from one of two recipes to post, one on the first Tuesday and the other being the post for the third Tuesday. I chose to make the Pfefferneuse for the first Tuesday, leaving the Christmas Spice Cookies for this third week. This spice cookie recipe can be found in Dorie's Cookies on pages 236-238.
Ingredient list: butter, sugar, salt, egg whites, vanilla, flour, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, allspice, and sanding sugar.
The recipe was easy and simple with common pantry ingredients, the only thing of note is that it does require some resting time in the refrigerator or freezer so it's best to plan ahead to fit all that into the mix.
I am so-so on the dough's friendly nature...I've had friendlier dough to work with so this one would not rank in the top five. It was a bit sticky and even rolling it between sheets of parchment didn't make it more friendly. I had a difficult time getting it to stay firm long enough to move the cut out to the cookie sheet and a real struggle getting the little ends of the stars and snowflakes to come cleanly out of the cookie cutter, despite it's required rest in the freezer. That said, on taste alone, this is one very top five tasty cookie dough which translates to a very desirable cookie, as in I would choose one of these off the cookie tray immediately. The combination of the spices is lovely and not overpowering, it makes me sort of want to use this from now on as the sugar cookie dough I use for cutouts now seems a bit bland. Would I make these again? Yes for flavor...might need to try again on dough management. Definitely repeat worthy.
The Tuesdays with Dorie group is now baking from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Dorie's Cookies. The posts will be the first and third Tuesdays of the month and can be linked at the main Tuesdays with Dorie website here. You can also find the information on joining in and/or see the posts from those in the group baking along at this location.