Thinking of cloves…

by Sunita on April 23, 2008

Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. They are native to Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.

Cloves also have medicinal properties, considered very effective in relieving toothaches and coughs…more info on cloves here.

It has been said that thne Chinese wrote of cloves as early as 400 BC. and there is a record from 200 BC of courtiers keeping cloves in their mouths to avoid offending the emperor while addressing him! Now, why the talk of cloves…well, because dear Gretchen has been asking us to think about it during this month. For the first time since it was started in August of last year, Think spice has been opened to guest hosts…and I’m really overwhelmed at the great response from fellow bloggers. This year’s months have been filled up and so is the first month of the next. If any of you want to share the hosting responsibilities, do drop me a mail at

Regarding my contribution to this month’s event, I have made some chocolate chip cookies infused with ground cloves.

I have never worked with a spice-chocolate combination before, and I’m really glad I did… the cloves – chocolate marriage really worked.

Here’s how I did it -

What’s needed-

1 C wheat flour
2 and 1/2 tblsp of cocoa powder
1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a handful of white chocolate chips
1 tsp ground cloves (not heaped)
3 tblsp dark brown(preferably muscovado ) sugar
2 tblsp molasses
3 tblsp of oil
1 egg

How to-

  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, soda, ground cloves and chocolate chips.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, sugar and molasses.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the egg mixture.
  4. Fold in till everything comes together…can use fingertips.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
  6. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a baking tray.
  7. Make 14-15 balls from the mixture and place them a little apart on the lined tray. Slightly flatten the balls and with a skewer, press lines , further flattening them (I tried it with the back of a greased fork, but the mixture kept sticking to it).
  8. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 12-13 minutes.
  9. Cool on the tray for a minute and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

There! Crisp, spicy and chocolatey cookies are now ready to be enjoyed :-)

These, of course go all the way to Peru to dear Gretchen as an entry for Think spice…think cloves.

And if you haven’t thought about cloves yet, there are still two more days left to do so (by 25th April).

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 KayKat April 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Mmm … don’t you *love* muscovado sugar? :)

I’m thinking – why on earth does Sunita have to live so damn far away??? :)


2 Dhivya April 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm

wow!awesome cookies!looks so delicious


3 Kalai April 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm

They look fantastic!! Definitely a must try! :)


4 Srivalli April 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm

hehehe..I already thought about clove!…:D…those look so yummy sunita!


5 click April 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

yes, cookies should be crisp. i hate them chewy things.


6 Divya Vikram April 23, 2008 at 5:46 pm

wow..clove and chocolate!
Really looks mouthwatering..very cute pics


7 DK April 23, 2008 at 5:51 pm

I like my cookies crispy too! No wonder I like chocolates which have nuts/wafers in them otherwise I cant chew down those milk or other gummy chocolates.! Even I loved the addition of cloves in my cookies..a subtle hint but which works wonders to our palate :) Good one suni :)


8 Miri April 23, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Sounds completely divine Sunita! A truly fitting entry to a versatile and precious spice….I just blogged my entry to Think Spice!


9 Rajitha April 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm

yum!! love cloves…tend to go overboard with it..cardamom is another one i go ballistic. love ur white choc chips stayed out there peeking..mine just disintegrate into the brown chocolatey pool :)


10 sunita April 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

yes, I do love the m.sugar…aww, I wish we lived closer too :-)

thanks :-)

thanks…do give it a try :-)


11 sunita April 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

thanks…now go on and make them…I think you’re ready to bake after your long hiatus from the oven :-D D

erm, but I love them chewy things too :-D

thanks :-)


12 sunita April 23, 2008 at 7:38 pm

thanks…but I think I love both the crispy and the chewy ones :-D

thanks…and I’ve already checked out your lovely entry :-)

Thanks…it’s so nice to see you back in action again :-)


13 zlamushka April 23, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Suni, Those cookis are gorgeous,..


14 Mona April 23, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Hi Sunita! I’m not much of a cookie fan, but your cookies look so gorgeous. I’ll sure give them a try, thnx for sharing the recipe!


15 Medhaa April 23, 2008 at 9:47 pm

the cookies look wonderful, will surely try these. Thanks for sharing


16 musical April 24, 2008 at 2:12 am

These are the most beautiful, gorgeous, AWESOME looking cookies i have seen! i mean, i love cookies and i LOVE chocolate cookies, but these are really looking out of this world! Thinking about cloves must have added a special dimension to these :) .


17 Namratha April 24, 2008 at 2:55 am

I’m in awe of these pictures!!


18 Rachel April 24, 2008 at 3:35 am

Molasses and muscavado..arent they the same..or am I ignorant :D

Cloves and choc marriage….:D Nice way of putting it across


19 sunita April 24, 2008 at 5:40 am

thanks :-)

thanks…do give them a try :-)


20 sunita April 24, 2008 at 5:41 am

thanks…do try them :-)

thanks dear…we loved them too :-)


21 sunita April 24, 2008 at 5:43 am

thanks :-)

thanks…and no, they are not the same…check out the links provided in the ingredients list :-)


22 Andhra Flavors April 24, 2008 at 6:05 am

hey great idea clove and chocolate.
always iam using cloves in curries and rice dishes. But its great idea.


23 Nags April 24, 2008 at 6:18 am

lovely pic and recipe as usual. especially like the last one :)


24 Jamie April 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm

What a great idea. I bet these would be great with a nice cup of tea or coffee!


25 Rachel April 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Yeah I did check the link.I only mentioned it cos I thought the flavours were similar…..


26 sunita April 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

andhra flavours,
thanks :-)

thanks…and girl, you’re still blog hopping…shouldn’t you be doing something else…like some pampering :-D D


27 sunita April 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm

thanks…but I don’t take any tea or coffee, so probably you can tell me :-D

there are similarities in the taste , I must admit :-)


28 farida April 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm

The cookies look heavenly! I am sure clove enhance the flavor nicely. I am sorry that I can’t participate in this month’s even, but will try to join the next ones.


29 Maya April 25, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Those cookies look fantastic! I am intrigues by the chocolate and clove combination.


30 sunita April 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm

thanks…and don’t worry …join in the fun at your leisure whenever you can :-)

thanks…the combo worked quite well :-)


31 Patricia Scarpin August 28, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Sunita, these are amazing! I have never tried anything similar, but being a huge fan of spices on cookies I know I would love these!


32 Jo. August 29, 2008 at 9:02 am

cloves in a cookie. that’s seems very interesting. I have to try those cookies. Definitely :-)


33 crunchLin August 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

these look delightful! i will definitely try this recipe! thanks!!!


34 Megan. August 30, 2008 at 3:38 am

cookies that look this yummy really make me smile..and crave a nice tall class of cold milk :)


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