Category Archives: Baked goods – cookie

World Peace be damned

You’ve heard of the famous world peace cookies? So so many other blogs have talked about? I messed up something as simple as that. Thinking back, I could kick myself for making such simple mistakes. Like using large granules of sugar, and working the dough much when advised not to.

The simple shortbread is one of first cookies I ever made, about 7-8 years back. And even then, I think I used granulated sugar once. Since the cookies had basically just flour, sugar and butter, it tasted awful and floury since the sugar had not blended in well. So many years, and tons of baking later, I made the same mistake again, with the world peace cookies! In my older recipe too, the dough had to be worked with a gentle hand – too much pressure and the cookie would turn out hard instead of sandy. And I promptly kept messing with the dough since the damn thing wouldn’t hold together. And why wasnt it holding together? Because I used 3 tbsp less butter than was asked for. *some more mental kicking*

And to top it all, I used a dark baking sheet. Not that I have a choice here since I dont have anything else. But then the cookie bottom burnt, and became bitter! Half the dough is still sitting mournfully in my refrigetator, and I stubbornly refuse to forgive it and myself for the mess. *sulk*

I have made some other wonderful things this week as gifts for my mum on my weekend visits to my parents’ home. They will find their deserved blogging glory, but till then, world peace be damned!

Sukhdi meets Speculoos

Sukhdi is a Gujju sweet made with ghee (clarified butter), flour and gud (jaggery). Speculoos is a Belgian/ Dutch cookie made with flour, brown sugar, spices and butter. I wanted to make the speculoos I saw here, since we’ve taken eating cookies with tea every morning now. But the closest I can get to dark brown sugar here is gud, which is really only sand coloured. And once I started on the cookie dough, I realised the thing looked increasingly like sukhdi! So inspired by the original recipe, I tweaked it ever so slightly, and here is the sukdhi/ speculoos cookie!

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Sukhdi/ Speculoos cookies

250 gms atta (whole wheat flour)

75 gms butter

150 gms gud/ any other brown sugar you can get*

1 egg

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp clove powder

Method:

Mix up all ingredients except the atta/ flour. Start adding the flour in batches until you have a ball of brown dough. Roll out the dough uniformly to 5 mm thickness. Cut into 3cm x 7cm pieces or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Bake cookies in for about12 mins on a well greased pan. They’ll puff up slightly, and get darker. They will be soft when they come out of the oven, but let them cool, and they crisp up.

If you bake them longer, the cookies turn out harder when they cool. You bake them less, for about 10 mins, they make a great soft cookie. Either ways, its a fantastic dip into garam chai!

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cookie slices in the oven

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cookies puffing up and nearly done

 * I’ve made the cookies with Chinese black sugar as well, and they turned out fine.