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These are sweet, simple, yet mysterious shortbread cookies. Exotic spices more typically used in savory applications, curry and coriander combine with sugar and butter and become a perfect afternoon snack. They are weird, perhaps, but more than just a novelty. They are actually worth eating, again and again.
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (preferably Madras)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Toast coriander, shaking skillet often, until fragrant. Grind. Toast curry powder until fragrant.
Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds.
Blend butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a mixer. Whisk together flour and spices,then add to butter mixture until incorporated.
Form 1-inch balls of dough and arrange on baking sheets. With side of a floured pencil or chopstick, press an X into top of each cookie, gently flattening to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Bake, switching position of sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine 2009.