Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nutmeg Cookies with White Chocolate

I know I haven't been posting as much as I really wanted to so far this autumn; I have so many things I want to put up before it becomes winter and I change from fall/harvest mode into Christmas mode.

I managed to catch a cold twice since the weather changed and I haven't felt up to baking much (sneezing and baking aren't really a great match), so I've been quite slow and the poor bowl of mush has been feeling quite thin lately.

On the bright side though, I'm feeling much better and I'm ready for some serious fall treats. There are so many things to celebrate this season

I think these cookies are now my favorite kind of chocolate chip cookies. I like them around this time of year, although to be frank, you could eat these year round. The nutmeg is very present in the flavor, but these are not deeply spiced cookies, so it's not an overwhelming flavor. I just love the white chocolate with the nutmeg; they really compliment each other. The addition of treacle is purely to add an amount of depth to the flavor. You could always use molasses for that, but I absolutely love treacle.

Nutmeg Cookies with White Chocolate:
(makes approx 15)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 pinches of ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon black treacle
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 375F.

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

In a larger bowl beat the brown sugar and butter together with an electric whisk until fluffy.

Add the egg, golden syrup and treacle and beat together until it is completely smooth and not curdled looking.

Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat together until completely incorporated.

Add the white chocolate chips and fold to combine.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease lightly with oil.

Pour the granulated white sugar onto a plate.

Take pieces of the dough and roll into 2 inch balls and then roll the balls in the plate of sugar until coated.

Place each of the balls of dough about 2-3 inches apart on the baking tray. 
(You will need to bake these in 2 batches, or line 2 baking trays)

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cookies have spread and are just beginning to brown.

Remove from the oven and place on cooling racks.

I photographed these cookies as soon as they cooled so they are quite light in color, but they do gradually become darker and more brown looking, especially the next day.

The flavors also infuse overnight so these cookies just get better and better by the day.


  1. Those are heavenly and enticing cookies. Love the combination

  2. These look amazingly delicious! What a perfect autumn treat.

  3. I like your step by step illustration and the cookies look yummy :) I'm waiting for more autumn treats :)

  4. I love white chocolate chip cookies. These look like a perfect autumn treat!

  5. White chocolate and nutmeg sounds like a super combination. I have never been a big white chocolate fan, but am willing to try again with your cookies.
    Sorry you have been under the pilates instructor told us to start taking vitamin D!

  6. oh! they look scrumptious! I want one RIGHT NOW!!!

  7. i like nutmeg in a lot of things, but i wonder if i'd like these. i'm almost too scared to make a whole batch and figure out that maybe i don't!

  8. Well, all I can say is give half the recipe a go and see what you think, you might be surprised.

  9. These cookies look delicious! I hope you don't get sick again, but cookies and hot chocolate/tea are the best antidote when someone is feeling under the weather! :)

  10. These cookies look absolutely delicious! I've never had black treacle; what is the texture and flavor like? Is it similar to molasses?

  11. Yeh the closest thing to black treacle is molasses, although it is not as dark as molasses.
    You could say the flavors are similar but treacle does have its own unique taste.
    Its fabulous, you should try it!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  12. I have a new rule that whenever I copy a recipe from Tastespotting that I have to leave a comment letting the orginator know. So thanks for a great sounding recipe! I'm such a sucker for anything sweet but I prefer non-chocolate (crazy I know). These sound right up my alley. Thanks.

  13. I love nutmeg. What an interesting combination. Can't wait to give it a try!

  14. Everything you post is lovely and so delicious looking. Just looking at your pictures is making me want to put up a pot of coffee, steep a pot of tea or pour a glass of milk! Quite an inspiration!

  15. I love anything with white chocolate, but never had it with nutmeg. It sounds tasty and looks great!

  16. These look like tasty fall (or anytime) cookies. Good post!
    Hope you;re feeling better!

  17. Spectacular flavour combination here, love these.

  18. Oh my goodness do these look amazing! I am totally into these and will add them to my Christmas baking list!

  19. YUM. YOur cookies sound delicious.

  20. Glad to hear you are feeling better too!

    Anything with nutmeg and I'm there, ready to eat. Cookies look fab.

  21. these sound wonderful! i'm going to make them this week for the holiday.

  22. i had to come back and tell you i just had my first bite of these wonderful cookies. oh my! they are outrageously delicious. sweet and spicy with the crunch of the granulated sugar--they're pretty near perfection! thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  23. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is beautiful, love how you have so many photos for each recipe. I see you love to bake, do you do much cooking as well? I don't bake as lot as my boyfriend has Celiac's but these cookies look so delicious I will just have to make them for myself!

  24. Thanks for your lovely comment Lyndsay! Yup, Love baking, I do lots of other cooking too, I just haven't been blogging it. I think I'm going to start throwing some savory things in this year! :)


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