Spiced Pretzel Cookies

Cookies like these make me feel terribly clever.  They look like pretzels, but they taste like sweet, spicy treats.  White nonpareils even make convincing grains of salt.  What a delightful way to confuse your loved ones!

This recipe was adapted from the latest issue of Everyday Food (December 2008).  The recipe in the magazine makes a relatively plain, basic cookie dough, which can be made spicy or citrusy.  I chose the former, using not pumpkin pie spice, as they called for, but similar spices I had on my spice rack.

Be sure that the dough has had sufficient time to chill.  Even then, I found it quite difficult to work with; it tended to break very easily, so an extremely gentle touch is required.

Spiced Pretzel Cookies

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • nonpareils

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.  Add vanilla.

With mixer on low, add flour; mix just until combined.  Wrap dough in plastic and chill until firm, at least one hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Using heaping tablespoon-sized portions, gently roll cookie dough into 8-inch ropes.  Gently bend the ends of each rope into loops, forming a pretzel shape.  Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart.

In a small bowl, whisk egg whites with 2 teaspoons water.  Brush cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with nonpareils.

Bake about 13-15 minutes, or until pale golden, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mike
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 08:43:51

    mmmmmm
    they look like pretzels

    But they’re not! 🙂

    Reply

  2. writemeg
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 10:40:05

    I would love to be faked out and presented one of these! Looks yummy. 🙂 I have so many baking plans for when I finally have time off for Christmas, but I can’t seem to narrow down which recipes I want to tackle . . . though it’s a lovely dilemma!

    There are few other dilemmas I’d rather be stuck with.

    Reply

  3. Thom
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 15:43:51

    They look Yummy!

    So yummy, in fact, that the “yummy” needs capitalization. 🙂

    Reply

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