Garam Masala Spice Cookies

Garam masala is a spice blend common in Indian cuisine. It contains a variety of spices including but not limited to cumin, peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. These cookies honor the ancient complexity of Indian spices. They are soft, chewy and leave a spiciness on the palate. I used elephant cookie cutters and mukhwas to decorate.


Mukhwas are a mixture of fennel, sugar and other spices that aid in digestion and also make perfect cookie decoration.

1.75 cups AP flour

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 T and 2 tsp of garam masala spice mixture

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

6 T butter, chilled

6 T molasses

For cookies…

1) Preheat oven to 300 degree F.

2) Mix flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and ground spices until combined. Cut in butter until dough has a Parmesan-like consistency. Add molasses and mix until combined. Knead together until dough firms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour.

3) Roll half of dough on a lightly flour surface, or between two sheets of parchment paper until 1/8  inch thick. Using any cookie cutter use choose, cut cookies out of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

4) Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

5) Prepare icing by mixing one cup sifted powder sugar, 2 T milk, 2 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp almond extract in a small bowl.

6) Ice cookies to your liking and sprinkle with mukhwas (Indian sprinkles)