Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bizcoff: Cookie Clone Saves Airfare

Homely. Yummy.

In November 2010, Salon's Francis Lam wrote a glorious essay praising the Biscoff© that Delta serves to grateful passengers. If you look forward Delta flights just for the cookie, save your airfare and head to the kitchen.  

The lovely people at matzo&rice posted a recipe for a clone of this admirable cookie. “Rice” worked it all out, rolled the dough, cut extraordinary shapes, and took terrific pictures.

Not for me. I fulfilled my obligation to roll-and-cut in 1982 after my last Gingerbread Person Marathon. Since then, I have been resolutely in the slice-and-bake camp. For my Bizcoff, I added lime zest, changed the directions for mixing the butter and sugar, added directions for slice-and-bake, and increased the baking time because I like them crisp.

These are way too close together.

These cookies are crazy-easy. They use things in your pantry, the rolls keep in the fridge for a week, and in the freezer for a month. This recipe can be doubled or tripled. You may be heavy-handed with the spices. Obsess, if you will, to  make them identical, or you may have oddly shaped rolls. 

From "I want a cookie" to "Let's eat" is 17 minutes from frozen,

Ginger Bizcoff, a clone of a Biscoff© cookie adapted from matzo&rice.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp lime zest
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp.  vanilla extract
½ cup small pieces of candied ginger


Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together flour, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, and lime zest), baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer (a stand-mixer if you have one), cream together butter and sugars at medium high speed for five minutes.  Yes. Five minutes. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it is well combined. It will be thick. 
  5. FOR ROLL AND CUT:
    a.    Roll out dough to ¼ inch-thick. Use cookie cutters or your imagination to make shapes.
    b.    Place cookies onto parchment paper, and press a piece of candied ginger into the center of each. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until the outer edges begin to brown. If you don't separate them (at least 1/2 inch all around), they will run together.  If that happens, cut them apart as soon as you remove them from the oven.
6.  FOR SLICE AND BAKE: 
     a.     Roll the dough into logs on waxed paper or parchment. The larger to the log, the larger the cookie.  Refrigerate for at least an hour. Double wrap in paper and plastic, and freeze for up to a month. 
     b.     When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350.
     c.     From the fridge or freezer: With a sharp knife, cut ¼ inch slices. Place on parchment or silicone mat with 3/4 inches between cookies.
    d.     Press a piece of candied ginger into the center of each cookie.
    e.     For very crisp cookies, bake for 15 minutes from the refrigerator, 17 minutes from frozen, or until the outer edges are slightly brown.
    f.      Cool on cooling rack before serving. Unlike Chocolate Chip Cookies, which are great as "warm" cookies, Bizcoff are much better after they have cooled completely.

4 comments:

Rabecca Larson said...

OH, Merry Christmas to me! This is one of my very favorite cookies. Can't wait to try them!

I have seen them in stores recently, including the super-cheap Grocery Outlet, for those of us who don't have 17 minutes to wait. :)

Thanks, Susan!

Lisa R. said...

THANK YOU SUSAN! I love these cookies and my kids will think I'm a hero for being able to produce them at home.

Lael Hazan @educatedpalate said...

I'm always looking for cookie recipes to make with the children! This will be great. We often ask for "extras" on our Delta flights. Thank you.

Lynda (rice) said...

Susan, this is Rice from matzo&rice and I just saw that you had linked this recipe. Did it work out for you? I'm still obsessed with these cookies, but I have to say, since I found a source (Walgreens) where I can purchase the original, I've gotten lazy and haven't made this recipe in over a year. Anyway, I hope you liked the recipe, and when I make these again I will try some of your tips for crispier cookies (and try them with a hint of lime). Also, the Salon article! Thanks for linking that. Sounds like we aren't alone in our Biscoff love.