Spicy Smiles

Spicy Smiles
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Of this Thanksgiving dessert recipe, Desserts Required says, "Spicy Smiles are one of the most addictive cookies I have found... and they don't even have chocolate in them." We recommend you perfect these now. 
Spicy Smiles
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, and mix on medium-high speed to thoroughly combine, for 2 minutes. (This will not be light and fluffy.) Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well incorporated. Lastly, stir in the walnut pieces.
  4. Spread into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, rotating the pan around halfway through. Cool completely.
  5. Once cool, transfer the parchment paper to a cutting board. To make smile cutting easier, use a large sharp knife to cut off 1 horizontal side crust and 1 vertical side crust. Using a drinking glass (about 3 inches in diameter), push down on the top of the glass to cut the cookies into crescent shapes (smiles). Think of the large spicy smile block as a board. As you work your way up, there will be 2 columns of smiles. You will have pieces left over.