>> Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hurray... Countdown begins! I'm so excited for the new year... I've so many new year resolutions to go.. first and foremost... lose weight, no fast foods, regular exercise.. Believe me guys, these are the same resolutions I make each year...... Wawwwww... Apart from these, there are several more, will share them later on..
I know you guys too have your new year resolutions... Do share if you can, I would love to hear this from you..
This recipe was supposed to be posted on Christmas as I've scheduled it for the day. But unfortunately, it didn't! And I donno why? So to all of my dear fellow bloggers,I know its a bit late, I hope you all had a wonderful day.. Merry Belated Christmas!
Its true "What would Christmas be without home baked treats?"... I was quite curious to try myself on some baked stuffs, esp Cookies, as this was my never tried area... Last week, my neighbourhood friend prepared Bhakarwadi, its a spicy Indian snack. I've had this number of times, but this time the speciality about this snack was its appearance. The twin coloured spirals and the masalas popping out of them, that looks so cute. There I got an idea of trying this on cookies. I started searching about any such recipe of cookies that can lead me to spiral shaped Cookie... To my surprise, it exists " Pinwheel Cookies".. And I loved the pinwheel cookies at kraftrecipes. They look super cute!!
I bookmarked this recipe and modified little bit by adding chopped almonds in the innermost layer.. So with this my "Nutty Pinwheel Cookies" were all set.. And this was my treat for Christmas.. Although, they weren't perfectly done but as this was first attempt, I'm quite happy will the final outcome!!
So here we go!
Prepares 24 cookies
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup almonds, finely chopped
Using wooden spatula, beat the butter until it has smooth and creamy consistency. Stir in sugar and vanilla until they are evenly blended. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder. Add it to the creamy mixture and fold it gently until the dough is evenly blended.
Divide the dough into two halves and keep one half separate. To another half, add cocoa powder and mix well. Divide the chocolate dough into two half and place them in two plastic wrap, pat it into 1/2 inch thick square and then wrap the plastic. Refrigerate it. Repeat the process for vanilla dough too. Refrigerate them for 1-2 hours or until firm.
When done, unwrap one piece of vanilla dough, place another plastic wrap over it and roll it with rolling pin into rectangle. It may measure somewhere around 9 by 7 inches. Repeat the procedure for one piece of chocolate dough. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap from both the doughs and invert the chocolate dough over the vanilla dough. And remove the plastic wrap from chocolate dough. Spread the finely chopped almonds over the chocolate dough.
Now lift the vanilla dough by the plastic wrap underneath it and tightly roll both the layers, peeling away the plastic wrap as you go. When done, wrap the roll with plastic wrap and refrigerate for another 1 hr or until firm. Repeat the procedure with remaining dough.
To get a perfect texture and shape, you need to wait until it is not chill and firm. So it is worth waiting. But silly old me, out of curiosity, I didn't wait for long and started slicing the rolls. And, yeah, the shape of my cookies are not perfect. So guys! thats my advice " Its worth waiting!"
Preheat oven to 375F. By that time slice the rolls into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the cookies about 1/2 inch apart. Place them inside the oven and bake for about 10-12 mins or when the edges will just start turning into light brown color.
When you take them out of the oven, they will be still soft to touch. But let them cool on wire rack, they will harden by that time.
I know the procedure may be bit confusing, but believe me when u guys will work on them, you'll definitely find them very easy.. Only take care, when you are working on the dough, they need to be firm.
Now as this is going to be posted on Tuesday, I would like to send this as a entry to Priya and Aipi's Bookmarked Events.
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