Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Eggless Sugar Cookies / Halloween witch finger cookies


Halloween or All saints Eve is a yearly celebration in many countries observed on 31st October eve, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. You can read more about the customs and why it is celebrated in Wikipedia. I just thought of making some sugar cookies for some fun with my little boy. It was fun making these cookies with my little boy who helped me in shaping the dough, licking the jam, giggling over almond nails :)

I hope you also enjoy making these cookies with your children and have a fun-filled Halloween day!!




Yield - 12-14 (depending on the size)

Ingredients:

All purpose flour / Maida - 1+1/2 cup
Butter (at room temperature) - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 3 tbsp
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Almonds - 14-16
Mixed fruit Jam - 2 tbsp
Green food color - a pinch




Method:

1) Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius.
2) Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease it with some oil. 
3) Sift the flour and baking powder and keep it aside.
4) Mix the food color in milk and keep it aside.
5) Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla extract and mix it well.
6) Now add the flour, mix it well and make a cookie dough. 
7) Roll a tablespoon of dough into a finger shape. Press lightly on the sides. Place the fingers about 2-3 inches apart on a cookie tray. Make a thumb impression on one end to stick almonds for nails. Lightly apply jam on one side of the almond and stick it on the end.  
8) Use a table knife or tooth pick  to make three crosswise knuckle marks. 
9) Bake about 12 minutes. Do not over bake else they will become very crunchy and start changing colour. 

Let it cool down completely  and Enjoy!

Tips:

1) You can add extra milk if the cookie dough is too tight and you are not able to shape it.
2) You can use the same cookie dough to make plain sugar cookies and using cookie cutter, shape them and decorate as per your preference. 




Monday, 27 October 2014

Cucumber Lassi / Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie



Last week has been very exciting with diwali celebrations. It was even more exciting as my parents were here with me this time to celebrate the festival of lights. It was fun shopping for the family, making snacks and sweets and the best part was that my little boy was at home as whole week school was declared holiday in his school. After eating so many sweets and snacks, I'm going to have lighter food this week. I made a simple lassi today with some cucumbers and it really turned out very refreshing.  Cucumbers are low on calorie and good source of dietary fiber. I love these earthen pots and love to have tea or smoothies in them. So, sharing a simple recipe today and hope you all have a wonderful day.


Serves - 2
Ingredients:


Cucumber - 2 cups (peeled and chopped)
2 cups fresh yogurt/curd
3 tsp sugar (you can adjust sugar according to your taste)


Method:

Blend all ingredients till smooth, chill it and enjoy!!


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