An edible forest for the trees.Gather Journal Faux Bois Cookies
Tapping trees to gather crystalline maple sap clusters is a tradition that dates back to the Native Americans. The resulting sweetened syrup serves as the centerpiece of this swirling semifreddo, while a faux bois cookie perched alongside mirrors the trees themselves.
serves about 18 cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Whisk together flour, spices and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined, then molasses and vanilla. Stir in spiced flour until just combined.
Divide dough into two discs wrapping each in plastic. Chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
Roll a portion of dough on a piece of parchment into a 9×13-inch rectangle about ¼-inch thick. Brush mold lightly with cinnamon and evenly press into dough. Slide paper onto a baking sheet and chill or freeze dough at least 10 minutes.
Transfer dough, still on paper to a work surface. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet freezing briefly if dough gets too soft to move.
Bake until cookies are crisp and brown, rotating halfway through, 12 to 20 minutes depending on size. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.