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Mar 22, 2017

Peanut Butter Shorties (eggless)

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This decidedly decadent shortbread recipe makes the peanuttiest peanut butter cookies ever! Adding salted peanuts lends an extra bit of crunch and a deliciously salty-sweet flavor. Buttery, meltingly tender, and so simple to make this egg-free recipe can can easily be made vegan by substituting a good quality margarine or shortening for the butter.

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I think it's well known worldwide that Americans love peanut butter. Yes, it's as American as apple pie, hot dogs, and the 4th of July! Peanut butter has everything we American love with it's salty, savory, and rich peanut flavor. Unfortunately the rest of the world seems to find peanut butter's rather sticky and somewhat velvety texture revolting. That would include my Kashmiri family. So I found this classic un-foul-uppable recipe in my Sierra 4-H Club cookbook from 1973. Baked into a cookie is the only way my Kashmiri clan loves peanut butter. Actually, now that I think about it they'll eat peanut butter in these chocolatey easy no-bake 5 Minute Cowpat cookies too. But that's about it.

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What's not to love?!?
 All cultural considerations aside, these cookies store well, are eggless, and super easy to make. They can certainly be made vegan by simply substituting a good quality vegetable shortening or margarine for the butter. Whether you make these made these with the organic Hessian-weave peanut butter from the health food store or the greasy kid stuff from the supermarket they turn out great! Chunky or smooth both work well too. I prefer to keep them strictly peanut-y by adding salted peanut but you could get posh and personalize them by adding white or dark chocolate chips or even honey roasted peanuts. If you really wanted to get fancy you could drizzle or dip them in white or dark chocolate for a true indulgence! And so without further ado here is the recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 C butter or margarine, softened and at room temperature
2/3 C peanut butter, chunky or smooth
3/4 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2&1/4 C all purpose flour
1 C salted and roasted peanuts, or mini chocolate chips

Here's what to do:
1) In a large mixing bowl beat together softened butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Be sure there are no lumps of butter. (The lumps or bits you see in the photo below are peanuts from the chunky peanut butter I used.)

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2) Add flour and peanuts to creamed mixture and mix until dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will start out a bit crumbly but should start sticking to itself after about 2-3 minutes of mixing. Cover dough with cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

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3) When ready to bake heat oven to 325F/170C. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment or a silicone mat about 2 inches apart. Flatten with the bottom of a glass wrapped in cling film or the heel of your hand. (I used a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to form the dough into balls before flattening with the bottom of a glass wrapped in cling film.)

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3) 4) Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are slightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from baking sheet with spatula. Makes about 3 dozen. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Helpful Hints:
This recipe can easily be made vegan by the use of a good quality vegetable margarine or shortening in place of the butter.

This recipe could easily be customized to your tastes by adding dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or honey roasted peanuts instead of salted peanuts. 

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Dec 20, 2016

Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon cookies recipe spicy soft easy fuyu hachiya nutmeg cinnamon cloves

Spicy, moist, and tenderly soft these persimmon cookies are truly a Fall and Winter treat! Lavishly laced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, raisins, and walnuts this recipe is full of the flavors of the season. So simple to make and the easiest answer to the question, "What do you do with persimmons?"

Fuyu persimmons which can be eaten at the semi soft stage. 

You can use any type of persimmon for this recipe as long as it is ripe. Unripe persimmons are quite astringent and bitter tasting due to their tannic acid content. Ripe persimmons are quite sweet and mild in flavor.  If you are using the round Fuyu type persimmons as shown in the photo above you can use them when they've softened to about the firmness of a ripe tomato. If you are using the oblong, heart or acorn shaped Hachiya type persimmons you'll have to wait until they've ripened to the mushy pulp or jelly-like stage. A quick way to ripen any type of persimmon is to stick then in the freezer overnight. When you allow them to thaw the next day they'll be perfectly soft, sweet, and ripe!
Hachiya persimmons which must be allowed to ripen to mushy, jelly-like stage before they're edible.
This recipe uses pureed persimmon pulp. To make persimmon puree you can simply use a fork to mash them in a bowl or a mixie, food processor, or blender to puree them instantly. If using a mixie, food processor, or blender simply remove the stems and any debris and put them in the appliance skin and all. You might want give the persimmon flesh a bit of a going through before pureeing as there might be seeds. The seeds can be rounded like plum stones or oblong like date pits. Your mixie, food processor, or blender will NOT puree these rock-like seeds. You will hear them quite loudly bouncing off the blades and mixing container of your appliance.


And there you have it! Beautiful orange persimmon pulp ready to be eaten as is, enjoyed as frozen sorbet, or stored for your next baking project. I usually measure the pulp out by cupful and store it in Ziploc bags in the freezer. Persimmons will keep frozen for up to 8 months. You might see some separation or darkening of the persimmon pulp but the flavor will be the same as fresh.

Ingredients:
2 C all purpose flour
1/2 C butter, softened to room temperature
1 C sugar (both brown or white are fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg or allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg, at room temperature
1 C persimmon puree
1 C raisins or sultanas
1 C walnuts (pecans or dark chocolate chips work well too)

Here's what to do:
1) In a large mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices together until creamy. Add egg and persimmon puree to mixture and beat for about 3 minutes or until smooth.


2) Add flour and mix until combined. Gently stir in raisins and walnuts. The mixture should be a stiff batter. Cover batter with cling film and place in fridge while oven heats up. (Chilling the dough makes for cookies that taste and look better. The chilled batter will be easier to work with and less likely to spread. The extra time will also allow the pectin in the persimmon puree to thicken the batter and make it less likely to spread. this will  result in cookies that are round and puffed up rather than flat and misshapen like fried eggs.The spices will have a little extra time to lend their flavor to the batter too.)


3) When ready to bake heat oven to 325F/160C. Place tablespoonfuls of chilled batter two inches apart on baking trays lined with parchment paper or silicone mats. (I used a tablespoon sized scoop.)


4) Bake cookies at 325F/160C for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms. Remove cookies from tray using a spatula. Cookies will keep for up to 2 weeks in a sealed airtight container at room temperature. This recipe makes 32 cookies.



Helpful Hints:
For a nut free version of this recipe simply use dark chocolate chips in place of the walnuts. Dark chocolate chips don't sound like they'd work with persimmons but they are delicious in these cookies!

LOOK! It's snowing at the Taj Mahal!
Tacky souvenir begotten at the Taj Mahal by
Mr & Mrs KC&CO on their honeymoon

Alrightey then, so it's BIG FAT DESI WEDDING SEASON over here and we're heading hither, thither, and yon to attend all the festivities until January 2nd! So to all my friends who celebrate I hope you & yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


See ya next year,
Bibi


Dec 5, 2016

Red Velvet Snowballs

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Get festive with this recipe for buttery, chocolatey, and meltingly tender Red Velvet Snowball Cookies! An easy to make, eggless, and nut free treat that be made vegan too. The perfect addition to any holiday platter!


This stuff's the bomb-diggety!!!

Most "red velvet" recipes for cakes or cookies have some vague chocolate flavor with a slight tartness that makes them rather "meh" in my opinion. But these Red Velvet Snowball cookies have a rich, deep chocolate flavor with a tender crispness that is amazing! A bit like Oreos in flavor but made insanely better with butter. The inspiration for this cookie comes from this recipe on Delish.com. I tried Delish's recipe but didn't like it as the dough was so crumbly it was almost unworkable and the cookies didn't have much flavor. So, I changed the recipe by increasing the butter to one cup, increasing the cocoa powder to 1/3 cup, decreasing the cookie size to one tablespoonful of dough, and decreasing the baking temperature to 325F/175C. I also used Penzey's Natural High Fat Cocoa to give the cookies that strong, dark chocolate flavor I was looking for. The result was perfection! The dough was easy to work with, the cookies puffed up nice and pretty, and they had all the rich chocolate flavor I was looking for. Penzey's Natural High Fat Cocoa powder is their premium cocoa powder especially recommended for baking. I have to say it really makes a difference flavor-wise. You can certainly make these cookies with any cocoa powder you wish but Penzey's makes them really spectacular.

Ingredients:
1 C butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/3 C cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1&1/2 C powdered sugar
1 TBS red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp white vinegar
2&1/2 C  flour
1 C powdered sugar for rolling

Here's what to do:
1) In a large mixing bowl combine, butter, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar, red food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Beat until thoroughly mixed.


2) Add flour to butter mixture 1/2C at a time and continue beating at low speed. The dough will look a bit crumbly at first but will come together after a few minutes of mixing. The dough is properly mixed when it pulls away from the bowl and the beater(s). If your dough is still crumbly after 5 minutes of mixing please see "Helpful Hints" below for a tip on how to fix it. I'd advise chilling the dough covered with cling wrap or in a sealable plastic bag in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Chilling the dough not only makes for prettier cookies and a dough that's easier to handle but makes for better flavor also. This dough will also keep well in a sealed plastic bag or container in the freezer for up to a month.


3) When ready to bake preheat oven to 325F/175C. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment or silicone mats. (You could also roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and press them down lightly on the lined baking sheet if you don't have a scoop.) Place the balls of dough about 2 inches apart as they do puff up a bit.


4) Bake cookies for 20 to 22 minutes or until evenly browned on the bottom. Remove cookies from baking sheet with spatula and place on wire rack to cool. If you like, roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. Store tightly in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.

5) If you like, roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. Store tightly in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.

Helpful Hints:
If in step 2 the dough still remains crumbly add a teaspoon or two of vegetable oil. This usually fixes the problem. Unfortunately due to variations in humidity, varying water content in butters, and moisture content of different flours sometimes you have to adjust the amount of fats/oils to get the correct consistency of dough.

May 5, 2016

Mexican Polvorones (Anise & Cinnamon Cookies)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Yes, it's Mexican independence day so it's time for a south of the border treat. "Polvo" means powder in Spanish which makes these cookies the powdery ones. Tender in texture and richly redolent with the sweetness of cinnamon and anise, these cookies are are "Que delicioso." This eggless recipe can be made vegan and are so simple to make. Try them as a elegant tea time treat or a tasty addition to any holiday platter. 

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Well, I didn't have a serape or even a pretty Mexican plate to style these cookies on so a lovely gaillardia blossom will have to infer all the vibrancy and festivity of Cinco de Mayo. These cookies get most of their flavor from the spices so be sure to use the best quality cinnamon and anise you can find. I prefer to use whole ground anise or anise oil as they are superior in flavor to the extract. The fat used plays an important role in both the texture and flavor of these cookies. Traditionally lard gave these cookies their powdery texture but I prefer butter, a high quality margarine, or vegetable shortening. Ground pecans or walnuts are also a traditional ingredient of polvorones depending upon region so you can add a cup of those also for extra rich cookies.

Ingredients:
1 C butter, margarine or vegetable shortening
1/4 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp ground anise or anise extract, or 1 drop anise oil
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 C flour/maida
1 C ground pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/4 C granulated sugar mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon for dredging

Here's what to do:
1) In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, anise, vanilla, and salt.


2) Gradually mix in flour. Add pecans if using.  Dough will pull away from the mixing bowl and cling to itself when ready.


3) Chill dough wrapped in cling film or Ziploc bag for at least 3 hours or overnight,

4) When ready to bake preheat oven to 350F/180C.  Roll dough by tablespoonfuls into balls. Place on parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart and slightly flatten with palm of hand.

5) Bake cookies for 18 to 25 minutes turning baking sheet halfway through baking time.


6)  When cookies are baked through and slightly browned on the bottom remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking with spatula.  If desired roll in 1/2 C granulated sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon.  Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes 20 cookies.



Helpful hints:
You don't have to chill the dough. However, chilling does improve the flavor and will make the dough easier to handle and less likely to spread when baked. Less spreading and perfectly shaped dough will make for prettier cookies. You can also keep this dough frozen for up to a month until ready to use.

Feb 10, 2016

Anzac Biscuits

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This is my recipe for Anzac biscuits, the eggless cookie made famous during World War II. These deliciously crispy, buttery, coconut-y cookies were baked and sent to the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) while abroad. Easy to make and excellent 'keepers' these biscuits are a great choice for the cookie jar or a tea time treat.

Hail, Britannia!
Golden syrup, the UK's greatest culinary achievement.
Ingredients:
1 C white flour
1 C rolled oats
3/4 C brown or white sugar
1/2 C desiccated coconut
1/2 C butter
3 TBS golden syrup
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TBS hot water

Here's what to do:
1) Heat oven to 350F/180C. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, and coconut. Set aside.
Mix dry ingredients & set aside.
2) In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, a pinch of salt, and golden syrup together. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to melted butter and syrup mixture. (Be careful, the mixture may foam up a bit.)

Beware of bubbles!
3) Pour hot butter and syrup mixture over dry ingredients in mixing bowl, stir until thoroughly combined.

Mixed thoroughly.
4) Form tablespoon sized balls of the mixture and place on lined baking sheets two inches apart. Flatten biscuits slightly with the palm of your hand. The biscuits will puff up and spread a bit when baked.

Ready to go into the oven.
5) Bake about 12 to 15 minutes or until evenly brown on the bottom. Biscuits will be soft when hot but will firm upon cooling. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring with spatula. Makes about 16 biscuits.

Ready to eat!
Helpful Hints:
According to certain Kiwi friend of mine: "Do not put sultanas, dried cranberries, flax seeds, spice, margarine, or any another abominations into Anzac biscuits." This biscuit is a matter of national pride! (For those who don't know, "Kiwi" is slang for a New Zealander.)

If you are unable to obtain golden syrup, honey works well as a substitute. (But don't tell my Kiwi friend I told you that!)

Store in an airtight container to maintain crispness.

The dough is a little crumbly so I use a tablespoon sized scoop to press it into balls.

Using brown sugar will make these biscuits a little chewy. Using white sugar in these biscuits will make them crispier.

Jan 27, 2016

5 Minute Cowpat Cookies


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Yes, I did write "Cowpat Cookies." When you look at these cookies you can see why. Not the prettiest things, are they? I do promise these are the quickest, tastiest, no bake cookies you'll ever eat though! Kids absolutely love them. What's more fun than eating a cookie that looks like a cowpat? They're eggless (and therefore properly "veg" in the Subcontinental sense) and make a great tea time or after school treat.

Ingredients:
1 C sugar
1/4 C milk
1/4 C butter or ghee
2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/4 C peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C shredded coconut (optional can use nuts, raisins, M& M's or any other chopped dried fruit too )
1&1/2 C rolled oats (or quick cooking oats)

Here's what to do: 
Measured oats & coconut in bowl.

1) In a bowl measure out oats and coconut, set aside.


Measured & ready to boil.
2) In a heavy bottomed sauce pan combine sugar, milk, butter or ghee, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, peanut butter, and vanilla. Over medium heat bring mixture to boil while stirring frequently. Allow mixture to continue to boil for 1 minute while stirring continuously. Remove from heat.

It's boiling!
Keep stirring!

3) Pour bowl of pre-measured oats and coconut into pan with hot mixture. Stir hot mixture, oats, and coconut with until they are evenly combined.

Mixed & ready to scoop.

4) Scoop mixture by tablespoonful onto waxed paper or silicone mat. Cookies will be soft while warm but will firm up when cooled. (If you can stop eating them until they are cool that is.) Makes about 15 cookies.

Scooped!




We tried rolling some into balls like laddoos.
The mixture became too crumbly as it cooled though.
I guess you could call these "laddon'ts?"

Helpful Hints:
This recipe works well with other cereals besides oats. I've made these with equal amounts of crispy rice cereal, bran flakes, and even muesli. You could say I'm a "cereal entrepreneur." It's all good!

Not fond of coconut? Use a 1/2 C of any sort of nuts, raisins, M& M's or any other chopped dried fruit that you think will go nicely with chocolate. Or a mixture of all of the above!


Nov 27, 2015

Kashmiri Cardamom Cookies

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Buttery and tender, this simple to prepare eggless cookie features Kashmiri walnuts and the warm flavor of cardamom. Can easily be made vegan too. A perfect cookie to make for any holiday, after school, or a tea time treat.

Kashmiri cardamom walnut cookies recipe biscuit easy indian vegan eggless vegetarian

Ingredients:
2 C all-purpose white flour 
1 C butter, at room temperature (or margarine)
1/2 C chopped Kashmiri walnuts, (I will forgive you if you use walnuts from California)
The seeds of 10 to 12 green cardamoms/elaichi, coarsely ground in mortar & pestle (or 3/4 tsp ground cardamom)
3/4 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or essence (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Here's what to do-
1) Into large mixing bowl measure flour, butter, walnuts, vanilla, baking powder, powdered sugar, salt, and cardamom.
Make sure the butter is soft, if the butter is still firm cut into small cubes to make mixing easier.
2) Knead with hands or mixer until well blended. If you don't have a stand mixer I'd recommend kneading this with your hands. The warmth of your hands seems to speed the incorporation of the butter into the dough. The dough is properly mixed when it pulls away from the bowl and your hands or the beater(s). Chill the dough covered with cling wrap or in a sealable plastic bag in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. (The dough will also keep well in a sealed plastic bag or container in the freezer for up to a month.)
See how the dough pulls away from the bowl and sticks to itself.

 3) When ready to bake preheat oven to 325F/175C. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment or silicone mats. Flatten scoops of dough to about a half inch thick with the bottom of a glass wrapped in cling film or the heel of your hand. Be sure to leave about an inch and a half between cookies so they bake evenly. 



4) Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes or until evenly browned on the bottom. Remove cookies from baking sheet with spatula and place on wire rack to cool. If you like, roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. Store tightly in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies. 




Helpful Hints: 
Chilling the dough is important as it allows the flavor of the cardamom to develop as well as making the cookies easier to shape later. 

Keeping the dough wrapped in in a plastic bag or cling film while chilling prevents it from drying out and absorbing other flavors from the fridge. 

Substitute a good quality margarine for the butter to make these cookies vegan.

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