Friday, December 19, 2008


"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."
Quoted from the Bhagavad Gita in Eat Pray Love.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chai Cookies


Base recipe:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt into the creamed butter and blend well adding water last. Make into 24 even balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.

Alternate flavors:

Chai Cookies:

  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crystalized ginger, chopped

Sift cardamom and pepper with flour and fold chopped crystalized ginger in at the end.

Coffee Cookies:

  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso

Cream butter, sugar and espresso, then add sifted flour mixture.