January 1, 2015


I've been eyeballing this recipe since the beginning. They look not too much of anything, just flavourful and textured, and they delivered on all counts. I love how they are a little crunchy, and dark and spicy, and I love how they are unafraid to be undressed. It's like when I show up at the wine store. I say to the "expert," can you recommend a wine for me that has personality--something that doesn't sit on the fence--something that isn't medium about anything. Can you suggest a wine that I will remember, and wish I had another bottle. This cookie is the bottle of wine I keep asking for; it has personality; it isn't medium in anyway. Truthfully, they taste just like my Gingerbread Men, except for they have a wee bit more black pepper, which is entirely my fault, since I added an extra ¼ tsp. So, two thumbs up from me on this recipe. I'll keep it on my Christmas list, since for me, this is a Christmas time cookie.

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  • easy and simple.

A little mise en place.
A little mise en place.
Adding the molasses to the butter and sugar.
Adding the molasses to the butter and sugar.The texture of the dough after the molasses.
The texture of the dough after the molasses.The flour almost mixed into butter and sugar with the flat beater blade.
The flour almost mixed into butter and sugar with the flat beater blade.The cookie dough ready for the fridge.
The cookie dough ready for the fridge.The dough cut into quarters.
The dough cut into quarters.


  • Honestly, I didn't want to stuff the dough into paper towel rolls, or pvc tubing. It just didn't sound delicious to me, but I understood that the dough had to be densely packed so it will slice well. I freewheeled it, rolling the dough as evenly as possible. It really helped to freeze them standing up, but I didn't leave them in the freezer for 8 hours because the cookies were frozen solid after a couple hours (they weren't very big).

The rolls before they froze.
The rolls before they froze.

  • To ensure the cookies didn't flatten out, I rolled the log ¼ turn after each cut, and I let my serrated blade do the work. No pushing. It was difficult to get an even cut, but patience and lots of steady breathing got the job done.

The cookies sliced.
The cookies sliced.
Cookies on the tray.
Cookies on the tray.


  • They puffed slightly while in the oven, but cooled flat. Rose said not to let them get too "brittle." Some of my cookies were a little chewy and some were crunchy. I rather preferred them a bit crunchy, but I don't know if that's traditional for this cookie.

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Michele   2017-01-07

Kim, love the analogy of the wine with personality!! This is the cookie that makes me wish I had made a double batch. Fortunately, I did! I dove in head first with the pepper and loved it. Your cookies are gorgeous, as usual. I didn't get them quite so picture perfect!

Milagritos   2017-01-07

Such gorgeous results, Kimberlie! Yes, they pack a great deal of character, don't they? You managed to create evenly sliced cookies without the very unappetising tubes. Beautiful!

Tony Bridges   2017-01-07

Kim, you cookies turned out extremely uniform and simply beautiful! I like your technique of rolling each log after each cut. I used my chef knife based off of the dimensions Rose listed for the cutting tool but, I like the idea of using a serrated blade to cut the dough. I loved your use of Yoga techniques as well with the breathing...I forgot that I did the same thing! OMG! I think your overall technique without paper towel rolls, or pvc tubing work brilliantly! Thank you for your stunning pictures and excellent tutorial! OH and I also agree with Marie regarding the white embroidered cloth...

Vicki   2017-01-07

Very pretty! Good idea to turn the log after each cut. So many great cookies left to make in TBB.

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Hi vicki, thanks for visiting. I'm looking forward to the Chocolate Chip cookies.

Marie   2017-01-07

What a beautiful shot of the cookies on the white embroidered cloth--so Scandinavian in its simplicity. My cookies tend to get a little thicker after I've been cutting for a while.

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Marie!

Joan   2017-01-07

Lovely post. Simple and clear. The cookies are so precise and even, and look delicious. A special bottle of wine indeed.

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Joan. I really enjoyed them

faithy   2017-01-07

Looks like only my dough has ugly looking color..haha..and even after it is chilled mine was still a melty! Difficult to roll... Your cookies look beautiful and so uniform!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

I wouldn't say that cookie dough by itself is a beautiful thing...baking in the heat comes with its challenges. Your cookies came out beautifully, uniform too.

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