Saturday, 15 December 2012

Whole Wheat Almond Cookies (Eggless)



Cookies has always been on the top of the list of my baking experiments. Who wouldn't want to have a bite for tea more so over when its freshly baked right in the oven at one's own home. And being a cookie lover, I  would just want to make it tad too healthier for the ease of munching them every day and so here is my next attempt at that. Being the festive time I just made them a bit sweet, making them taste more like NanKhattai but isn't that a good choice to make them from whole wheat flour.

Ingredients
Whole wheat Flour  - 1 cup approx  120 gms
Granulated Sugar     - 1/2 cup for the sweet buds 1/4 cup otherwise
Sliced Almond         - 1/2 cup
Salt                         - a pinch
Cardamom              - 1/2 tsp - omit if you do not prefer 
Curd                       - 1/4 cup
Softened Butter       - 1/4 cup
Dry Ginger              - 3/4 tsp
Coconut Shreds      - 1/4 cup
Baking Powder       - 1/2 tsp - omit for soft cookies 

My way of making
1. Blend together flour, sugar and rest of the ingredients with softened butter and curd until a crumble  textured flour mix is formed.
2. Knead the mix till a soft ball is formed. Keep it refrigerated for some 30 minutes.
3. Pre heat the oven to 180 C or 360 F.
4. Pinch out small balls(flatten them if you would prefer well shaped cookies) and lay them well spaced on a cookie tray and bake them for about 15- 20 minutes depending on your oven conditions. Mine was done in 20 minutes. Keep a watch from 15 minutes.
5. Enjoy some lip smacking cookies along with tea/milk/coffee once cookies are cooled down to room temperature.


Note
1. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter. I replaced it with 1/4 cup curd and 1/4 cup butter. If using salted butter ignore the salt in the recipe
2. Wonder why there is salt in the recipe. Its actually acts as an agent that increases the sweetness of the cookies.
3. If you want a spicy version add some cinnamon powder to it. Oh well that could make my next cookie baking :). 
4. Top it with some cashews, almonds or pistachios as per your taste. 

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