Brown Sugar Shortbread with Garam Masala

Next up in our holiday cookie series, we have these lovely shortbreads made with brown sugar and a touch of Garam Masala, a spice blend often found in Indian style curry.

If you’ve never tried this comforting and aromatic blend of spices, don’t be afraid to try it out. It is a blend of spices including many that we are familiar baking with already. In it you’ll usually find a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cumin and a bit of black pepper.  It really adds something special to these classic cookies and they’ll go perfectly with eggnog , chai tea, or hot apple cider. We loved them so much that this is definitely a cookie recipe we will make again and again, regardless of the season.

Here we’ve modified a basic shortbread recipe from our good old Betty Crocker cookbook


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup BROWN sugar
  • 1  3/4 cups all-purpose flour

we added:

  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala


  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar (with electric mixer on medium or by hand)
  3. Add Garam Masala and combine
  4. Stir in flour slowly (if dough ends up too crumbly, add more butter)
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp out cookies with a cookie cutter
  6. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet
  7. Bake 12-14 min or until set
  8. Remove from pan and rest on wire rack

Drink Pairing: perfect with eggnog, spiced chai or hot apple cider

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