TGRWT #13: Chocolate cookies with caraway

I thought I’d do a twist on some chocolate cookies my Mom always makes for Christmas for TGRWT #13. I tried two versions with added caraway (and a litte bitter orange peel) – one where I omitted all the spices except cocoa and one where they were added together with all the spices in the original recipes.

Chocolate cookies with caraway
100 g butter
200 g sugar
350 g flour
30 g cocoa powder
3 g caraway
1 g bitter orange peel
1/2 t baking soda or baking powder
1 egg
3 T strong coffee

Mix all ingredients in the given order. If you have a cookie extruder (aka cookie press), extrude about 6-8 cm and form into a circle. Bake for about 10 min at 180 °C or until ready (Note that you really can’t tell if they’re done from the color!). Dust with powdered sugar.

The original recipe had the following spices:
1-1 1/2 t cloves
1-1 1/2 t cinnamon
1-1 1/2 t ginger
1-1 1/2 t star anise
1-1 1/2 t cardamom
1-1 1/2 t nutmeg
1-1 1/2 t bitter orange peel

(these teaspoons are not measuring teaspoons, but more like actual teaspoons!)

Verdict: In the stripped down version with only cocoa, caraway and some bitter lemon peel there you first notice the cocoa, then there is an aftertaste of caraway. I like caraway, so I was very pleased with the result. But my wife (who isn’t very fond of caraway) wasn’t particularily fond of them. Anyhow I think the 10:1 ratio of cocoa to caraway worked very fine. And the aroma brought back memories from the chocolate sauerkraut cake I made some time ago which was really delicious. With all the other spices present I wasn’t able to single out the carawa flavor, but it (probably) added to the overall complexity. I really recommend the recipe – even if you decide to omit caraway!

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Comments

  1. Nuit Says:

    I just made those cookies and I loved it!
    I changed some things from your recipe… I used 100g of white sugar and 100g of brown sugar, 1g of nutmeg powder, 1g of ginger, 2g of cinnamon and instead of strong coffee i used 1/2 tsp of cofee and some water (about 4Tbs).

    I thing the ginger is one of the most active flavor. Firt you notice its fresh taste and then the taste of cocoa and cinnamon.

    Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  2. stef Says:

    These cookies are delicious. I always used to buy lots of them in Greece when i was living in Katerini Pierias. When i will get back i will definetely buy some or ask my mother to make some. I really like the flavor from ginger. I also love everything that has to do with cinamon.

  3. Sydney Parker Says:

    I need this converted from grams to cups!!!!!! PLZZZ HELP!!

  4. Martin Says:

    http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking

  5. Rob H Says:

    A German friend of mine has taught me how to make cookies that are very similar to this, only they have a layer of butter/cocoa/confectioner’s sugar sandwiched between two cookies. They’re my favorite cookies!