This simple home made cookie or biscuit as I call it, is a slight variation from my fragrant Coffee Cookies. Many people do not like the aroma of coffee to be taken to cakes and biscuits….And of course, a coffee cookie cannot be served to the kids at large. I wanted to make some thing that is not too sweet and could be enjoyed n the evening as a snack with a cup of tea or coffee. My daughter S, loved it and so did many of my friends.
It`s one of those things that take 20 minutes flat to get done and rolled out…Oh yes, you heard me right…20 Mins…So the next time you need to whip up a quick snack for the evening for your kids and your hubby…think of my home made biscuits!!! One suggestion is to try any baking recipe in a small quantity say half a cup and then extend it to a larger amount. There could be differences in the dough, the power and wattage of the oven, the depth of the baking dish etc. Once you have benchmarked the proportions that worked for you, then you could start out to try larger quantities.
1/2 cup All purpose flour.
2 tsp of butter.
1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar.
Pinch of Baking Powder.
10 numbers of crescent shaped cashew halves.
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
Pinch of saffron soaked in a tsp pf milk.
- Measure out the baking powder and mix it in to the all purpose flour.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter (which is preferably at room temperature) and the powdered sugar till it becomes a creamy crumble.
- Add the flour, cardamom powder and the soaked saffron to the mixing bowl and make it in to a smooth thick dough. If you feel that the dough is too dry, add milk or water in spoons and try to incorporate the mixture.
- Make in to small balls and flatten them and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
- Decorate with a half cashew pressed on the face of the biscuit. Mark little patterns on it if you want.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F and bake the biscuits for 12-13 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
- Dont worry if they feel soft, they will harden as they cool.
- I have included the saffron as its aids the body in fighting fatigue and because of its therapeutic properties of strengthening the heart anf the nervous system. If you find the flavour and aroma unacceptable, you could exclude that from the ingredients and just use the cardamom powder.
- You could later on also substitute the cardamom with real fruit extract like banana, cherry etc or with orange zest.