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Pumpkin Pancakes Gone Awry Cookie Bars May 26, 2010

Filed under: Dessert — kchrismon @ 11:04 pm

These are a little different. I had to make the garam masala, a spice – can you even buy that? I couldn’t find it – but it turned out well. And, in making the garam masala, I had to substitute a lot of spices. If you Google “garam masala,” a recipe will come up for the ORIGINAL formula and recipe, but mine is a bit different. Overall, the cookies tasted like pumpkin pancakes. They were good, don’t get me wrong, especially if you’re not a big chocolate person. They look flat (actually, they ARE flat) but I changed the recipe so if/when you make them, they will be thicker. Yum! (The italicized ingredients are the garam masala ingredients – make ahead of time!)


1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 egg, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon garam masala:

1/8 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix all and put in dry skillet for 5 minutes on medium-high heat

3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Powdered sugar


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease and/or line a 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Beat together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the egg and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

2. No need to combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, just add in the flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, garam masala mix, cloves, pepper, allspice, and nutmeg and beat gently until everything is thoroughly combined. Don’t over-mix, though. If everything isn’t quite coming together in your mixer, finish it up by hand.

3. The dough will be very similar to a cookie dough, so I found it easiest to press it into the prepared pan by hand. Don’t worry if it looks thin, it’ll puff up when baking. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 minutes, until the dough no longer wiggles when gently shaken and the dough is a very light brown.

4. Dust the top with powdered sugar after they have cooled. Enjoy!

Adapted from Crepes of Wrath


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