These cookies are flavored with cacao powder, ($24, diaspora.com), which delivers a lighter, more milk-chocolaty flavor than regular cocoa; they'll pair especially well with a steaming cup of chai.  

Martha Stewart Living, June 2021

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Credit: Gentl + Hyers

Recipe Summary

total:
4 hrs 45 mins
prep:
25 mins
Yield:
Makes about 24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, cacao, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves. In a large bowl, beat butter with granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 4 to 6 minutes. Add vanilla; beat 30 seconds more.

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  • Scrape down sides of bowl, then add flour mixture; beat on low until a cohesive dough forms. Turn out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic over dough and form into a log about 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches long. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a sharp knife, slice dough into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, turning log slightly with each slice (this helps keep a round shape as you cut). Place rounds about 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until firm in center and slightly darker around edges, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks; let cool completely.

  • Stir together confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons coconut milk in a small bowl until thick and pourable. (If glaze is too thick, add more coconut milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency.) Hold a cookie over bowl and spoon glaze over half of it, letting excess drip back into bowl. Keep spooning glaze over cookie until it forms an even layer.

  • Return cookie to rack and sprinkle with toasted coconut down center edge of glaze. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let stand until glaze sets, 1 to 2 hours. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Cook's Notes

For this recipe, in addition to Diaspora Anamalai Cacao we used:Diaspora Baraka Cardamom ($15, diaspora.com), andDiaspora Anamalai Nutmeg ($12, diaspora.com).

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