Sparkle spice cookies

An illustration and recipe by Talia Steele

If the Spice Girls were cookies, Sparkle Spice woud be the sixth member. These are also pretty nice to eat around the holidays, if that's your thing.

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2 cups oat or all-purpose flour (all-purpose
gluten-free works, too)

2 tsp baking soda

1.5 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves or allspice

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 egg or 1 flax egg (see notes)

1/2 cup margarine or butter (make sure vegan if needed)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup molasses

granulated sugar for rolling

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1. Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven and preheat to 375°F. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg of choice, butter or margarine, granulated sugar, molasses and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in dry ingredients just to combine.

2. Place rolling granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough with a spoon and roll into balls. Dough may be sticky (if too sticky, chill for 20 minutes in fridge). Roll in granulated sugar and place on two parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 to 2 inches apart.

3. Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed and cracked, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Published in Volume 75, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2020)

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