Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies.. buttery chocolate cookies spiced with flavorful Indian Gram Masala
How about some chocolate cookies with warm tone of Garam Masala. Enjoy the sweet spicy and chocolaty taste with your favorite hot cup of Ginger Tea or Coffee for grownups an milk for kids.
In these delicious Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies,I bring you two of the very unusual ingredients, the Indian Garam Masala and Chocolate. You must have seen recipes with Chai Masala(Tea Spice Mix) like my Chai Spiced Whole Wheat Apple Cake or another spice mix Thandai Powder like these muffins Chocolate Mawa Thandai Masala Flavored Muffins. Cardamom, and pumpkin spice mix are the other favorite spices used in baking.
Chocolate Cookies with Garam Masala??
You must be wondering why why this combination of Chocolate and Garam Masala in cookies!!?? It's because it is Monday and in my facebook Foodie Monday Blog hop group, the theme this week is Utla Pulta(means upside down). This interesting theme was suggested by Kalyani. She suggested that the participating members should make add a savory ingredient to sweet dish or vice versa.
I thought about it and had a few idea in mind like baking muffins with garam masala but then I had send quite a few muffin recipes for the group post earlier too. Then, nut trail mix with honey and sriracha sauce came to mind but the I postponed for the next post as realized that I am out of sriracha sauce for the recipe. So zeroed on these cookies as there is a nip in air, weather is changing and these comforting cookies are perfect for the weather with a cup of hot chai.
So here I am with Garam Masala Cookies, where I have used Garam Masala which is used mainly in savory dishes and used it for flavor in chocolate muffins.
Meanwhile do checkout Kalyani's blog Sizzling Taste Buds where she has some very interesting and easy gluten-free and healthy recipes for every age group.
Garam Masala, one of the most important spice mix in Indian especially North Indian cuisine, is a blend of flavorful spices that enhance the taste of dishes. It not only enhances the taste but also has some health benefits (keeps body warm)when added to dish in moderation. Like any other spice, right balance of this spice is also required in a dish as it can make or mar the dish.
With a cup of garam adarakwali chai(Ginger Tea), these cookies are so comforting. Even kids love to have these with there turmeric milk. With mild garam masala flavor in cookies these were palatable for my 8 year old. My teenage daughter love these cookies with a warm tone of Garam Masala along with her favorite Chocolate. .
I keep on experimenting with different flavors in my cakes and cookies. These mildly sweet , mildly spiced cookies are complete hit at my place. Hubby loved these with his evening chai when he returned from work. Most of the Indians can't do without there morning and evening cup of Chai and Rajeev is one of them!! He also needs something light to go with it, and these were perfect with his ginger tea.
Ingredients for Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies
I have used a mix of Whole Wheat Flour and Almond Flour for the recipe. You can make these cookies with either of the flour. Cookies with Almond Flour will be on the softer side whereas whole wheat cookies will be on the denser and crisp kinds.
All purpose flour can also be used in place of Whole Wheat Flour and Almond Flour. I have stopped using it at least in cookies and cakes that I bake for my kids as it doesn't have any nutritional value, though it gives the bakery kind of result in bakes.
I have used butter in these cookies for the buttery taste as I like cookies with butter. You can substitute butter with oil for vegan version. For the same substitute milk in recipe with any plant based milk.
For sweetener I used Coconut sugar, you can add castor sugar as per choice. You can also use brown sugar in the recipe if you don't have coconut sugar.Coconut sugar is little sweeter than the normal castor sugar. Adjust the amount as per your preference. If you like mildly sweet cookies, the amount given in recipe is perfect.
Let's see now how to make these delicious Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies
Sift together Whole Wheat Flour, Almond Flour, Coco Powder, Garam Masala and Baking Soda.
In a bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar and vanilla essence.
Add flour mix and fold lightly.
Add milk to bind the flour cookie dough. add very little amount, 1-2 tbsp at a time.
Fold and mix the dough very lightly and keep it to refrigerate for about 30 minutes or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 350ºF or 180º C. Take out the cookie dough, make small balls, line on the baking tray with parchment paper.
You can sprinkle some almnd meal or finely chopped almonds on to of it for crunch.
Bake for 12 mins for softer cookies and 15 mins for the crisp.
Take out, cool completely on wire rack and store in an air-tight container.
Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies
- ¾ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ¾ Cup Almond Flour
- ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1½ tsp Garam Masala
- ½ Cup Coconut Sugar
- ½ Cup Butter(melted)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- Sift together Almond Flour, Coco Powder, Garam Masala, Baking Powder.
- In a bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar .
- Add flour mix and fold lightly. add milk if the dough is too dry.
- Fold and mix the dough very lightly and keep it to refrigerate for about 30 minutes or overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 350ºF or 180º C. Take out the cookie dough, make small balls, line on the baking tray with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Take out, cool completely on wire rack and store in an air-tight container.
Do make these Spicy Chocolate Cookies with hint of Garam Masala for your loved ones. Serve them to your guests with Chai or to kids with a glass of hot milk.
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