The best cookies ever + a great giveaway! This is a good Wednesday.
Loving food is a weird thing. I get giddy over things like really great cinnamon or an incredible salt. So when I had the opportunity to share with you guys about The Spice House, it was a no-brainer. Perusing their website is like letting a kid loose in a candy store.
The Spice House opened its doors back in 1957, and today has both a robust online business as well as 5 locations throughout Chicago & Milwaukee. They carry over 600 products from at least 50 different countries, including pure spices and herbs, spice blends, salts, and extracts and have caught the admiration of many home cooks across the country as well as some heavy hitters in the food world, including Alton Brown (who actually has special blends made for him) & Julia Child, who proclaimed The Spice House a "national treasure."
Patty from The Spice House remembers Julia’s visit to their Milwaukee shop:
We had cinnamon that came from Vietnam, a long log, real thick, and as hard as a baseball bat! The trade doors had just opened from Vietnam when she visited, and we couldn't wait to show her this bark, and then give her a taste in powder form. Julia took the bark right out of my hand and took a giant bite right out of it! My whole family was there and we all collectively sucked in our breath, and asked, "Do you want to spit that out?" But she kept right on chewing and chewing and chewing, and 10 minutes later she had chewed it enough to swallow it. Julia was just so gracious, and she said something like, "Oh my dear, you're absolutely right, this is a delightful cinnamon, thank you for sharing this with me!" She signed the rest of that bark and today that bark is one of Patty’s prized possessions.
Tom & Patty Erd took over Patty’s parents business back in 1993 and have built The Spice House into a resource for incredible spices and seasonings, as fresh as you can get them at an affordable price. They scour the world for the best ingredients and spices, and they grind and blend their spices and seasonings in small batches right in their stores in order to offer the freshest possible product.
Many of their spices come in pretty glass jars, however you can also order many varieties in bags (as well as in salt-free versions). I'm personally impressed with their pricing, but also their crazy fast shipping. Their gift boxes are both gorgeous and well thought out. Take a few minutes and peruse their offerings!
These cookies are inspired by the most incredible chocolate I had when we were in Vancouver. With the nutty flavor from brown butter and sunflower seeds and the salty topping from The Spice House's fabulous grey sea salt, these are just about as good as it gets. Miles declared these the best cookies I have ever made... win!
Dark Chocolate, Sunflower Seed & Grey Sea Salt Cookies (adapted from The Joy The Baker Cookbook)
yields about 3 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup good dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
1/2 cup roasted & salted sunflower seeds
grey sea salt, for sprinkling
Melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, swirling it in the pan. It will become foamy as it cooks and make a crackling noise. Continue to swirl as the butter starts to smell nutty and brown bits form at the bottom of the pan. Once the bits are amber, remove the butter from the burner and pour into a small bowl (including the brown bits... the best part!) to cool for about 20 minutes.
To help you make some cookies (and because they're awesome), The Spice House is offering two seriously great giveaways!
1st Prize - $250.00 in spices, which includes Grill & BBQ Deluxe Gift Box Set, Bakers Spices Gift Box Set, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Vulcan's Fire Salt, Chai Spices with Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Dutched Cocoa Powder, Aleppo Pepper, AND a $100.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!
2nd Prize - The Signature Selection Gift Box Set, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Fancy Onion Salt, Fancy Garlic Salt, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Tellicherry Black Peppercorns and a $50.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!
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Check out the other fabulous recipes inspired by The Spice House from some of my food blogging friends!
Lime Water Ice by Souffle Bombay
Grilled Steaks with Thyme Mushrooms by Girl Carnivore
Cinnamon Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl by Mind over Batter
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas with Vulcan Fire Salt Guacamole by Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps
Low-Carb Chicken Gyros with Tangy Tzatziki Sauce by Opera Singer in the Kitchen
Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies by Real: The Kitchen and Beyond
Pear Lavender Lemon Drop Martini by Kelly Bakes
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza by We’re Parents!?
Homemade Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette with Heirloom Tomato Salad by Courtney's Sweets
Iced Lavender Shortbread Cookies by The Vintage Mom
Old Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake by It's a Keeper
Disclosure: I was given a gift card to order spices as compensation for this post, however as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.