Friday, July 8, 2011

Walnut Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies( Eggless)


I came across the pictures for these cookies on the internet & they looked exactly like that they had come out of a local bakery in India. Since I had cream cheese in the fridge I planned to try them out as part of my Independence day celebration package. After looking at the pictures I  browsed  the internet to see if I could find the recipe & I did. This was an original" Martha Stewart "recipe  for Walnut Cream cheese cookies. But I also had the picture in mind for the cookies we used to get as kids, fresh from a local bakery & they were more of Pistachio cookies as I remember each of those cookies having just 1 or two pieces of pistachios looking through.So I have tried this recipe with some modifications & the result was the picture above.

Ingredients:



  1. 1 cup all purpose flour & 2 tablespoons 
  2. 1/4th tsp salt
  3. 1/4th tsp baking soda
  4. 1 stick unsalted butter ( half cup) at room temp
  5. 2 tablespoons cream cheese  at room temp.
  6. 1/3 cup  powdered brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp pure  vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup of coarsely  chopped ,lightly toasted  nuts( walnuts, pistachios, almonds)
  9. 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
Directions:



  1. Sift 1 cup flour, salt & baking soda together in a bowl , keep aside.
  2. Beat the butter & cream cheese  together in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale & fluffy , add sugar & vanilla extract & beat again on medium speed for atleast 2 mins. 
  3.  Reduce speed to low & add the flour  2 tablespoons at a time. Mix until just well combined.Add the nuts & mix again .
  4. Transfer the dough mixture to a work surface , sprinkle with some flour & roll the dough into a ball. ( if the dough is too soft & sticky just sprinkle another tablespoon of flour & roll it in. I did it as the dough initially was very soft & sticky) 
  5. Divide the dough ball into 2 parts & roll each part into a log about 8-10 inches long & around 1.5 -2 inches in diameter.
  6. Spread some finely chopped walnuts on the work surface & roll the logs on the walnuts , coating completely.
  7.  Wrap each log into plastic wrap & refrigerate for  a min. of 30 mins or longer .
  8. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F , now take out one log at a time & cut them into 1/2 thick slices , place them on greased baking sheet 1 inch apart & bake for 8-10 mins.  or until golden around the edges.
  9. Cool on baking sheet for 5 mins & then transfer them to a cooling rack, let cool completely. 
  10. This recipe will make  3 dozen cookies.
Note: I baked the 1st batch on 350 degrees F acc. to the original recipe, but the cookies were done in just  8 mins & the bottom of cookies was very dark brown( almost black)  so i reduced the oven temp. to 300 F for the next batch & the cookies were done in 10 mins & were perfectly crunchy & golden.

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