chocolate allspice cookies

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September is an ambiguous time. School and football, two signs of fall, have started. Labor Day is over. It might not be meltingly hot out every single day. On the other hand, that all important sign of autumn, fire-colored leaves, hasn’t started except in the most extreme of climates. And besides, tomatoes are still in season. Everyone knows that tomatoes belong to summer.

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When I lived in upstate New York, where summer was disappointingly short, I refused to acknowledge fall until October 1st. I wouldn’t make anything with pumpkin or apples, and I wouldn’t buy candy corn for Dave. (I’m mean.)

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But come October 1st, I was all about fall. I love it for all the reasons everyone loves fall – the colors, the chill, the apple cider. We don’t get any of those things in southern New Mexico, so I welcome what little there is here that feels like fall, no matter when it happens.

Dave thinks anything with ginger or allspice or cloves tastes like Christmas. I say it tastes like fall. And even in early September, I’m not complaining.

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Jessica, who chose these cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie, has the recipe posted. I doubled the spice, plus I freshly ground my allspice berries in a coffee grinder just before mixing the dough. I also increased the salt.  I had ground almonds to use up, so I made the dough in the mixer instead of the food processor.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Crisscrosses
Two years ago: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
Three years ago: Chocolate Whopper Malted Drops

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  1. Our seasons are really weird here – summer is cold and foggy and it doesn’t really get nice and sunny until Sept/Oct… so I’m not going to be in the mood for fall baking for a LONG time!

  2. September kills me. This week, the lows are in the 50s. Next week, the lows will be back in the 80s. It’s just so unpredictable and crazy. I can’t wait for the temps to just settle down, because I’m so over this summer! I’m really tempted to bake with pumpkin this week, but I know next week is just going to feel like July again. Such a tease, weather!

  3. I always have a surplus of allspice. Will definitely be trying these! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh man! Bridget, these sound amazing! I always have a ton of allspice since it is used in such small amounts. Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

  5. I am like you were in NY. I refuse to bake anything with apples or pumpkin until Oct 1. No pumpkin spice lattes. Nothing. We can talk about fall foods on Oct 1.

  6. Hello!

    I made these delicious cookies this week and wanted to write down the recipe…but the link is disabled…is there a way to email me the recipe- Such amazing cookies!