Name of the dish: Eggless fruit cookies
Christmas and cookies have become almost as synonymous as Christmas and Santa Claus. Cookies are biscuits that are fun to eat and they can be baked in many ways. Cookies have been popular since the medieval times when they were made in large quantities in Europe. Spices like cinnamon and ginger are used along with almonds and dry fruits to add flavor and taste to the cookies. These biscuits are often made during Christmas.
Complexity level: Moderately easy
Time taken: 2 hours
- All purpose flour (Maida) – about 1 cup
- Unsalted butter – 6 tbsp (should be at room temperature)
- Powdered sugar – about 1/2 cup
- Tutti frutti – about 1/3 cup
- Milk – 1 to 2 tbsp
- Butter paper
- Cutting knife
- Add the powdered sugar and unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl. Use the whipper to cream up this mixture till it becomes soft, fluffy and light.
- Add the flour into this along with the tutti frutti. After mixing them in, add milk to make the dough soft and sticky. Spread out butter paper and then roll the dough on it in the form of a log.
- Wrap the dough in the same butter paper. Place it in the freezer for about 40 minutes so that the dough hardens. Take it out of the freezer after that time.
- Make use of the cutting knife to slices. Let the slices be thick. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C for about 10 minutes. Place the cookies that you have sliced in the oven. Bake them for about 10-12 minutes till the edges turn golden brown in color.
- Transfer the cookies carefully to a rack where they can cool. Once they are cool, store them in an air-tight container. Your cookies are now ready for consumption.
- If the dough is very sticky when you are rolling it into a log on the butter paper, dust it with some more flour so that the process becomes easy.
- The diameter of your cylindrical log should be the diameter of the cookies you wish to obtain.
- In case you want star shaped cookies, you could make use of a cookie cutter. It is more difficult to use but the results will be charming.
- Baking for a few minutes more will ensure crispier cookies. But be careful not to heat them for too long because they have a tendency to burn and get black.
- You can roll the dough into any shape you want. You could try making it a cuboid so that you get rectangular or square cookies.