November 22, 2010 by Dana
We’re close, right? I think we are. So I’m going to admit something personal. I know you won’t be shocked. I’ve alluded to it before. You’ve seen the signs here, here, here, here, and here. But I need to be direct now.
I am a chocoholic.
There. I said it. Admission is the first step to recovery. So there’s my admission. I’ve realized that I have a problem, and that problem is chocolate. (I may be a cheese-aholic, and a carb-aholic, too…. But let’s tackle one issue at a time.)
When I first realized I had a problem, I did some research. I searched the internet looking for some sort of cure. I asked around. I called my doctor. But it was a dead end. I mean, it’s not like there are 12-step programs for chocoholics. I started to get discouraged.
But then, through what I can only describe as divine intervention, the cure fell into my lap. I received an email from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas with an offer to review a bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. And with that, my recovery was set into motion.
I searched for the perfect recipe to try out the vanilla extract. But I couldn’t find anything that seemed right. Luckily, through some more divine intervention, I came up with a brilliant idea. I would make vanilla cookies spiced with the spices used in gingerbread. This is what I came up with:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
Definitely opt for pure vanilla extract here, as vanilla is really the star of the show in this recipe. Imitation vanilla extract is a good substitute in most recipes, but it won’t give you the same high quality flavor as the real thing in this one.
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
3. In another medium bowl, cream together the softened butter and the sugar. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.
4. A little at a time, incorporate the dry mixture into the butter mixture until well combined.
5. Using a tablespoon, drop the dough onto the cookie sheets, leaving about 3 inches between each cookie. Bake for 11-13 minutes, just until the edges are golden brown. Let cool and enjoy.
Let me tell you, I should have a medical degree. This recipe is absolutely the perfect cure for a chocoholic like me. One bite of these chewy, spicy, vanilla-y cookies, and I was hooked! Who needs chocolate when you have these delicious vanilla cookies??
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