Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Cookies 2 way: Saffron & Coffee, Saffron & Orange

Cookies 2 way: Saffron & Coffee, Saffron & Orange

Coffee & Orange Cookies

As promised, I am writing more on the Blogging by mail event. The contents of the package I sent consisted of my home made saffron and coffee cookies, my mom's Kolhapuri masala, organic Japanese cacao and some local fresh produce from my farmer's market. I am a huge fan of the local farmers market which has introduced me to some incredible tasting vegetables and fruits which elevate cooking and eating to a whole new level! You can read Becke's comments on the package I sent her here!!

This is what I sent for the the blogging by mail event

Beautiful honey from my local market

Indian chutneys and sauces made and packaged 10 miles away!

I have posted some of the recipes made using my mom's Kolhapuri masala which I consider worth its weight in gold ;) in some of my earlier posts that you can see here and here. Today, I wanted to share cookies I sent Becke, that use another spice worth its weight in gold, yes the beautiful saffron!

I adapted the recipe from Nupur's original holiday nankhatai recipe. I wanted to make it lower in fat, so replaced the butter with oil and sugar with honey. The end result was crunchy cookies, where the taste was elevated by the addition of saffron and coffee!

As suggested by Asha and the Happy Cook (thanks guys!), I am sending this to Sunita's Think Spice event, where this month's theme is what else, the amazing Saffron!

Saffron & Coffee Cookie (adapted from Nupur's original Nankhatai recipe)
Ingredients
1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
2. 1/4 cup honey or 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3. 1/2 cup olive oil
4. 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
5. 4 tsp brewed coffee (add more if you want a stronger coffee flavor)
6. 1 tbsp cup slivered almonds, toasted
7. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
8. 1/2 tsp. cardamom
9. 1/4 tsp saffron soaked in milk
10. Pinch of salt
For decoration:
1. Almond slices
2. Saffron strands
Method
1. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees
2. Mix all the ingredients into the dough. Knead very gently to form a dough, using a little water if necessary
2. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes if it is too sticky. Form small balls with the dough
3. Flatten each ball to form a fat disc
4. Decorate with almonds and saffron strands
5. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes till the bottom of the cookie is just browning
6. Turn off the oven and let the cookies stay inside the warm oven till the top is slightly golden
7. Remove and let cool on a rack.

Saffron & Orange Cookie (adapted from Nupur's original Nankhatai recipe)
Ingredients
1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
2. 1/4 cup honey or 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3. 1/2 cup olive oil
4. 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
5. 1 tsp good quality orange extract (add more if you want a stronger orange flavor)
6. 1 tbsp cup slivered almonds, toasted
7. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
8. 1/2 tsp. cardamom
9. 1/4 tsp saffron soaked in milk
10. Pinch of salt
For decoration:
1. Almond slices
2. Saffron strands
Method
1. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees
2. Mix all the ingredients into the dough. Knead very gently to form a dough, using a little water if necessary
2. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes if it is too sticky. Form small balls with the dough
3. Flatten each ball to form a fat disc
4. Decorate with almonds and saffron strands
5. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes till the bottom of the cookie is just browning
6. Turn off the oven and let the cookies stay inside the warm oven till the top is slightly golden
7. Remove and let cool on a rack.
Enjoy :)

16 comments:

Asha said...

Fancy stuff!:)
Kesar cookies look delicious,I like the Orange cookies.
I posted RCI Karnataka at FH, check out when you can.
You could send this to Sunita's event, spice is Saffron this month.

Suganya said...

You are killing me Dhana. Almond and saffron is a deadly combination... Wow!

Sharmi said...

lovely looking goodies. is this event happening again? I would love to participate:))

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow Dhana...Kesar cookies look yumm dear...great post...Nice colors :-)

bee said...

saffron and coffee? now that's very creative and unusual.

Laavanya said...

What lovely combinations and good to hear that they turned out fine after substituting butter with olive oil

Tee said...

Kesar in cookies...sounds exotic! What a neat little package!

Nupur said...

I haven't made that nankhatai in ages! And next time, I'm going to be using your delicious version for sure.

Padmaja said...

Hey dhana? uniques recipe eh???
saffron and coffee, never heard about that but looking at those pictures i bet they were amazing!!

bindiya said...

They look good,sound good and I am sure taste good tooo,what an exotic array!

Happy cook said...

Delicious looking cookies. Sent it to sunita fro spice saffron

Dhana said...

Thanks Asha! I didn’t know about Sunita’s event. Thanks for letting me know about it!! I just checked out the RCI roundup. FANTASTIC!!

Haha Suganya…But see they have oil in place of butter and honey in place of sugar…so killing u softly ;)

Sharmi, I am not sure when Stephanie’s next Blogging my mail event is happening, but you can get more info about it here.

Thanks Sirisa!

Bee, coming from you that’s a big deal! Thanks!!!

Laavanya, yah, I have been experimenting with substituting creams, butters etc for healthier options given its going to be Diwali and Thanksgiving and then Christmas soon..after that its all downhill ;)

Thanks Tee! It was fun putting the package together!

Nupur, thanks again for the recipe. I think you made it for the holiday swap last year….look fwd to this year’s cookies ☺

Padmaja, I have a lot of orange and coffee liqueur lying around, so have been experimenting with it big time. This time used the actual ingredient minus the liqueur and still tasted pretty good!

Thanks Bindiya!!

Happy cook, thanks for the suggestion! Asha too recommended I do that. Will look up the link and submit today!!

Puspha said...

1st time here. Great u have. The cookies r a wonderful innovation. Way to go.

sunita said...

Dhana, thanks for those yummy cookies...love them.

Dhana said...

Thanks Pushpa, welcome to my blog :)


Sunita, love the theme. Looking fwd to the round up !

Tou and David said...

Saffron! Coffee! Saffron Coffee! Saffron Espresso Caffe. Luang Prabang, Laos.