Anyone experiencing a lack of food interest this week? Maybe it’s just me. Maybe the big hoopla surrounding Thanksgiving LAST THURSDAY made this week’s meals lackluster in comparison. Maybe having leftovers again, and again, and again ruined the idea of making anything that would leave uneaten food behind. Maybe coming back to work from a long weekend would make this week feel so draining. Maybe…
But then, in my state of blah, I found a light in the tunnel: French Fridays with Dorie! However, I noticed this on Wednesday night! So, after a quick perusal of the five recipes for this month, speculoos was the winner by default. Mainly because I only lacked one ingredient called for in the recipe. That ingredient? Ginger. Omitting ginger is not a problem for me. You see, I’m not really a fan of ginger. I’ve made many attempts and failed many times to “like” ginger. So if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably not going to happen. Surprisingly enough, I love ginger root in soups, but not ginger in baked goods.
Anyway, speculoos sound eerily like gingerbread cookies, which are probably my least favorite cookie. Therefore, I unapologetically omitted the ginger and doubled the cloves. As a crazy side note, all my brown sugar had dried out! So, I placed a few apple slices in the sugar, and an hour later, soft brown sugar! Oooh…soft brown sugar…
I let my dough settle in the refrigerator overnight, which I hope is okay considering that Dorie said the dough would be very soft. An overnight chill was probably better for my dough anyway because my apartment tends to get very warm very quickly. I just eyeballed the dough’s thickness when I rolled it out. The first cookies I punched out ended up slightly thicker than the last ones.
The end result? These cookies were pretty tasty! I made sandwich cookies from the thinner ones with Nutella in the middle per the bonne idee.
As for the thicker cookies, I left some plain and decorated some with a schmear of Nutella. I used a star cookie cutter for the “pretty” photos, like the one up top. But, for fun, I also made bone shaped cookies
and a doggie shaped cookie for my toddler nieces!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours. While you’re at it, take a look at the other French Fridays with Dorie posts for this week!