So I've never been involved in a cookie exchange before, but right off the top I must say registering for a baking class would be a pretty cool way to get your cookie exchange baking done should you be involved in one during the holidays.
I signed myself up for the $60 "Merry Masala Christmas" class at Nella Cucina and brought Mark along to sample some food and take photos while I participated in the baking.
I can't say I've ever thought about throwing curry powder in my cookie dough, but the result was pretty pleasant!
We were using the Arvinda's range of spice blends mostly to jazz up traditional cookie recipes - everything from gingerbread to sugar cookies. Arvinda's son and daughter actually helped run the class.
Here's what was on the menu that night for us to bake:
- Crunchy Pistachio Cranberry Chocolate Chai Biscotti
- Holiday Chai Spice Ladoos
- Garam Masala Gingerbread Squares
- Citrus Chai Spice Sugar Cookies
- Mango Curry Snow Crescents
My favourites cookie was DEFINITELY the mango curry snow crescent, but I also really loved a glaze we made with orange juice, orange zest, icing sugar, and garam masala. It was sweet and the citrus-y taste was especially well-suited to be atop the sugar cookies.
We walked away with a few dozen cookies handily boxed up (which could be frozen if desired, you know, for that cookie exchange I was talking about if yours is still a week or two away), a recipe booklet with recipes for the items above and a tin of Arvinda’s Artisinal Spice Garam Masala. I think I'll probably use mine to make that glaze again for some sugar cookies - yum!
Many thanks to Mary Luz Mejia for giving us the heads-up on the event!
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