Spiced Chocolate Walnut Butter CookiesPrint Recipe
- 1.5 cups organic all purpose flour
- 1/8 cup organic maca powder
- 1/4 cup organic cacao
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- zest of 1 organic orange
- 125 g brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 100 g room temperature butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 8 cardamon pods ( seeds removed)
In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients consisting of the flour, maca, cacao, baking powder and mix with a spoon. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the room temperature butter, vanilla, egg, sugar and orange zest.
Make a small well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the wet ones using a spoon to incorporate. Once it forms a smooth paste like dough, add in the walnuts.
Have a large rectangle of parchment paper and use a spatula to move the cookie dough from the bowl to the paper. Try to make it resemble a log as much as possible and then fold the parchment paper and roll it ( you can use a bench scraper to get all the stray bits of dough incorporated). Place the log into the fridge for at least 3 hours.
Pre heat the oven to 350 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the cookie dough log from the fridge and using a serrated knife cut it into 1/4 inch pieces, arranging them at least 1 inch apart onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes and let cool on racks before storing for 2 weeks.
The cookie dough log will be large, so if you wont have space in your fridge to lay it down flat, separate the dough into two logs in parchment paper before cooling.
Sometimes the most simple items offer the most pleasure and these cookies hit that sweet spot. The addition of maca and cardamon aside, these are made with items that you probably have in your cupboard right now. A simple butter cookie gets a boost with omega fatty acids and skin loving walnuts, antioxidants from the cacao and immunity boosting love from maca. The sugar content isn’t super high considering the yield you’ll get from the recipe, making them not too sweet but enough to call a dessert or a breakfast. Here at toasty, there always a twist on anything that someone else would consider “traditional”. So instead of the walnut chocolate cookies, it is amped it up by adding the seeds from the cardamon pods. Typical of a middle eastern syrup or scandinavian flaky dessert, it pairs amazingly in these cookies.
Cardamon is one of my favorite secret spices to add to the sweeter side of life. It is an often under valued and used antioxidant that has proven to aid in detoxification of the body, fights inflammation, improves blood circulation, helps the GI tract digest, and may even help you reduce your waistline. Besides the added health benefits, it tastes like nothing else, bringing a distinct umami flavor to your foods. Naturally sweet, its earthiness and incense qualities bring an extra layer of luxury to a traditional butter cookie.