Baking again for A Sweet Punch event. These cookies come from Manjula's Kitchen and is indeed a really easy and relatively healthy option to bake. And no questions about how tasty these turned out and even eating a few is hard. You've got to eat too many!
Let's talk hypothetical here. The best time to bake this will be when you and your friends are sitting around chatting. And you get up to make some tea or coffee because you are all really tired from the non stop banter. But then you look for a snack to serve along with tea and realize that yesterday when you went grocery shopping, you were almost buying some snacks but a really pretty red shoe on the next store window called you and you forgot all about the snack. And then it also happened that they had just one pair of the red shoes and it wasn't your size. Dejected, you just came back home. And now you're stuck with no snack. Light bulb. Eggless wholewheat cookies. Wait, you'll need stuff to make them. Checking on the recipe. Whole wheat, check. Sugar, check. Butter, always check. Almonds, thank God check. Cardamom, yes! check. Salt and milk, of course check. And it takes just the amount of time you spend to make a few cups of tea. Really. And at the end of it, you and your friends have a plate full of delicious cookies to snack on with tea. And you can follow that with the story of the red shoe and your dejection. That's totally up to you.
And all of that was hypothetical. I made these after dinner at home just for us. And it was a perfect little dessert.
The link above has the detailed recipe. You can mix up the almonds in here with other nuts or even add some dried fruits like apricots or raisins to the batter.
Start with 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
Add 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar to the flour.
Throw in 1/4 tsp of salt in there.
And then add 1/4 cup of sliced almonds.
And for a tremendous flavor, add 1/2 tsp of fresh cardamom powder. The flavor that this brings is just unbelievable. I recently was also talking to a friend of mine who's American and she was going gaga over how she found Cardamom and loved the smell and flavor of it. I'm sure she would love these cookies!
Add 1/2 cup - 1 stick of unsalted butter. But this butter needs to be softened. The best way to do it is just keep the butter out a few hours before you start baking.
Using fingertips, just blend the butter and the flour mix till you start getting a crumbly texture.
Once all the flour and butter are mixed together well, start kneading a little bit until the dough start forming a ball.
Take small portions, make small balls and flatten them and arrange on a baking tray. And yes, please pre heat that oven to 360F
Top the little dough balls with some sliced almonds if you'd prefer.
Bake in the pre heated oven for about 15-18 mins. I took out the tray at about 15 mins when they seemed done.
Lookin good. Can't wait to eat yet. I actually expected them to flatten out a little bit - but they just held on to the shape. I'm not complaining though. Once you take a bite, how does shape matter!
And yes, by the time I came to this picture - I've already eaten a couple! And they taste great!
Serve em up warm or store to eat later. Either way, they won't last long - they'll all be eaten before you know it.
I can't stop taking pictures.
This one is for the sweet punch team! Thanks gals for a nice recipe!
This one is for all you girl pals out there. Grab some please.
And now about those red shoes..
Enjoy. Peace out!