Monday, August 1, 2011

Sesame Seed Cookies


So here I am browsing the internet looking for some sesame seed cookie recipes & all the recipes I came across had the cookies just rolled in sesame seed or just topped with sesame seeds . I was really looking for a recipe that would have a lot of sesame coz I love the taste of it. Not finding anything like it I just picked up the basic sesame seed cookie recipe & tweaked it by adding some baking soda & a cup of sesame seeds. My friend & myself just freaked out when we tasted these cookies as they were one of the best tasting cookie we have ever had.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup toasted Sesame seed
  2. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/8  tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 stick Unsalted  butter( skip the salt if using salted butter)
  6. 3/4  cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp lemon juice
  8. 1/2 tsp  pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 egg lightly beaten
Preparation: 

  1. Sift together all the dry ingredients, flour, salt & baking soda .
  2. Toast the sesame seed in a heavy bottomed pan on medium or low heat until they are perfectly pink in colour/ make sure not to overbrown the sesame seeds . Transfer them to a plate to stop them from browning any further.
  3. Beat the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy. Add the egg & beat again .
  4. Start adding the dry ingredient mix to the butter sugar & egg mix. Mix well.
  5. Add the lemon juice , vanilla extract & sesame seed  &  mix well.
  6. Drop about  1/2 a tablesppon of the  dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 325 F for 11-12  minutes. I kept on checking in between to make sure the cookies don't turn  too dark.  Transfer to cooling rack & let cool completely for the perfect crunchiness. 

Salty Tea Cookies ( Eggless)




Having a friend over for a couple of days each for the last two weeks was just so much fun, shopping, gossip, watching movies & ofcourse we had baking on the agenda . I was all the more excited coz I was having my first one on one baking class with her. My friend suggested we make some salty cumin cookies that she called tea cookies & I have had sesame seed cookies on my mind for a long time & what better excuse than having a friend  to try some new recipes > so for the salty cookies we just came up with a recipe of our own & they were just awesome as it is & with some home made guacamole as well.

Ingredients:


  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup gramflour ( Besan)
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  6. 1 tsp sugar
  7. 1 stick butter
  8. 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  9. 1 tsp lemon zest
  10. 1 tsp lemon juice 
Preparation:

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients , flour, gramflour, salt , baking soda ,sugar & cumin seeds, keep aside
  2.  Beat the butter & cream cheese together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light & fluffy. Add the lemon zest & lemon juice & start adding the dry mix a tablespoon at a time until incorporated . 
  3. Finish adding all the dry mix until just well blended.
  4. Roll out the cookie dough into 8 inch long logs ,wrap in cling foil & refrigerate for 15-30 minutes .
  5. Cut the logs into 1/2 inch thick slices & place on baking tray approx 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake on 350 F for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies turn slightly pink.

Next time I'm gonna improvise a little on this recipe by increasing the amount of lemon zest & lemon juice & ofcourse cut them with a cookie cutter .