It's the right time of year for Christmas Spice Cookies! In Dorie's new book, Dorie's Cookies, she is clearly inviting and encouraging her baking fans to experiment. For example, there is a basic recipe for "Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough" which is a lovely, soft dough to which various spices and flavorings can be added. The Christmas Spice Cookie version has cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and all spice.
I mixed the spices into and the dough smelled (and tasted) terrific. Once I baked the cookies, however, I wished I'd used even more of the spices. I wanted more oomph. Lucky for me, when I bake these again I'll be able to double or even triple the spices, tweaking the recipe until it is just perfect for me!
Here they are, ready to go into the oven. Sorry, no pictures of them out of the oven since they were packed up and given away before I got my camera out!