If you are looking for a cookie that is a little off the beaten path you've come to the right cookie! The Cranberry Five Spice Cookie is a concoction by the famed baker/author Dorie Greenspan for her new "cookies for grownups" store called CookieBar in New York. Dorie came up with a selection of cookies called "The Cocktail Collection". These cookies are meant to be enjoyed with champagne, wine or cocktails. Perfect for entertaining, they are tiny, simple and have a sweet-savory flavor that appeals to the adult palate.
Dorie offers four flavors in her Cocktail Collection and today I have baked the Cranberry 5 Spice Cocktail Cookie. This tiny cookie (2 inches") is a flavor packed shortbread-style dough infused with the tart taste of cranberries and the exotic warmth of Chinese Five Spice Powder. Chinese Five Spice Powder is usually associated with savory Asian style cooking and is a rich combination of star anise, anise seed, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. These flavors pair wonderfully with the tart fresh cranberry to create a unique cookie flavor palate. Dorie suggests serving these cookies with a white wine like a Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer. These cookies are equally as tasty with a nice cup of tea. If you are ready for something completely different here is how you can make your own.
You can find the entire recipe here. Start by roughly chopping 1/2 cup of frozen cranberries. Toss the chopped cranberries with 1 Tablespoon of sugar and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silpat and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.