This week's TWD recipe was chosen by Barbara of Bungalow Barbara. She chose Sables, which are a delicate French shortbread cookie.
Dorie suggested a few options for "playing around" with this recipe, so I decided to try a few tablespoons of my Chinese 5-spice powder. It contains fennel, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and anise and is used in both cooking and baking. It's got a great spicy punch, and I loved the smell of these cookies.
Sables (and all other shortbread) are at their best after they have cooled and rested for a little bit, even better overnight. If you eat one while they are still hot, it crumbles immediately, dissolving into a buttery, almost insubstantial, mess of nothingness in your mouth. Not fun for a cookie! Give them a day and they are a bit heartier with much more flavor. The 5-spices really came out after they had sat for a few hours.
This cookie recipe (here on Barbara's blog!) is incredibly easy and would make a great holiday cookie gift! I'm still not a shortbread (or sables) girl, as I'd rather have a good ol' chocolate chip cookie, but these were a hit for Alex. So all is well in my kitchen.