June 06, 2007

Regal Cookie

I first had this cookie at my friend Michelle's afternoon tea party. Celebrating a tradition we don't follow so often anymore, she had a tea party under a cherry tree in her garden. The choices were delectable - scones, cookies, salad, samosas and different kinds of tea and ofcourse interesting conversations. With late afternoon sun on our back and these delicious goodies, you can imagine how satisfying and scrumptious this tea party was!

While everything was delicious, this cookie caught my attention. It is an ancient recipe cooked for royalties of the bygone era. The recipe was inspired by the Roman statesman Cato, the elder as written in the cookbook The philospher's Kitchen. The recipe is from the book Cooking for Kings:The Life of Antonin Careme, the First Celebrity Chef by Ian Kelly.

Michelle used red grape juice instead of white and substituted ricotta cheese with yogurt. I liked the color and the flavor of the cookies and followed her changes.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter (at room temperature)
1/4 tspoon baking soda
1/4 tspoon anise seeds powder
1/2 cup red grape juice (add water if you need more for the dough)
1 egg
1/2 cup yogurt (whipped)
2-3 bay leaf
Olive Oil
pinch of salt

Break the bay leaves and soak them in olive oil. Set it aside. At the same time mix some sugar (I used about 2-3 tablespoons) and mix it in the yogurt. Alternatively, you can use flavored yogurt too.

Mix the egg and the butter till they mix well together. Then add the rest of the sugar whisking it constantly. Add flour, salt, spices and mix it well together. Then add the grape juice till it has a soft dough texture.

Make small balls from the dough and flatten them to a cookie shape. Create an indent in the middle and put a tspoon yogurt. Top it with bayleaf pieces.

Heat the oven to 325 deg f. Set the cookies on a tray and bake them for 15-20 min depending on your oven.

Serve warm with tea.

This is a special treat which we enjoyed on Meeta's Birthday and is going to lovely Meeta at What's for Lunch, Honey? for her Big Birthday Bang. Happy Birthday Meeta.


  1. A regal cookie it is! Thank you so much for bringing this along! Hugs!

  2. Very Regal.What an apt name!A British Tea party in US,eh?;D

  3. such a different kind of a cookie :) wonder if i can substitute the egg with apple sauce?

  4. Never heard of a cookie using bayleaves and olive oil!very unusual but looks very good

  5. yumm! never heard of this cookie. with bay leaves and grape juice ..nice falvour combo.

  6. mandira those cookies look really good. the yogurt reduces the amount of butter too right? bay leaves in a cookie is new .

  7. A tea party is so special, and so are bay leaves! They must be very soft. Any recipe I've ever used with them tells you to remove them before serving. I'll be they're a very tasty and unusual flavor.

  8. A tea party under a cherry tree WoW :)liked those cookies but will have to think what I can sustitute the egg with. Nice recipe :)

  9. Meeta - thanks gorgeous. Special cookie for a special lady! Happy belated birthday!

    Asha - thanks, I gave this name ;) I missed these lazy tea parties. It was fun.

    Richa, it certainly is a different kind of cookie. Try the cookie with apple sauce. It should still be moist and soft.

    ViniK - it is a unusual cookie and caught my attention, and the original recipe is hundreds of years old.

    Roopa- it gave it such a unusual flavor. I could go on eating... :)

    ISG - the original recipe calls for lard (as it was done in the olden times). I am always looking to reduce the butter amount and you're right, yogurt makes it soft and moist.

    Susan - I've never used bay leaves in a cookie before, so this was unusual for me. It does give a great aroma to the cookie.

    Archana - try applesauce for egg. It should work out well. Do let me know how it turns out.

  10. This party is going to be so much fun. I have to wear a pants that has an elastic waist to get in all the goodies.

    Regal cookie, I want 2!

  11. Wow tea under a cherry tree, would love to join. With bay leaves it sure must be regal

  12. Mandira, when is the next tea part..? Am I invited?:)cookie with grape juice should be yummy !


  13. First time here. Wow...so many new recipes. Beautiful pictures. I'll have to go through everything in leisure.

  14. now thats my kinda cookie! what a great and a different recipe, thanks Mandira.

    Just got your email, Mandira, will mail you by tomorrow afternoon. :)


  15. those cookies look so beautiful and different. nice.

  16. That's a unique recipe...looks regal enough...

  17. Nice name for a cookie and the way u described the lazy afternoon, i am sure u felt regal after it!:)

  18. wow, grape juice in a cookie! who would have thought! i'd bet it was moist and chewy, the kind you eat a whole stack of! :)

  19. Cynthia- I'm drooling over the party too, everything looks delicious.

    Sandeepa- the bay leaves give it a beautiful aroma. And it was really delicious.

    Shn- the grape juice and the anise seeds give it a beautiful taste. I could have finished all of it alone ;)

    Kribha - thanks and welcome to ahaar. I hope you'll keep visiting.

    Trupti- it was unique and delicious. Do let me know how it turns out. Gor your mail trupti, thanks :)

    Sharmi, Sunita - thanks. It was quite good.

    Shaheen-yes, it was a pretty setting and it was a gorgeous day too, we were all quite content by the end of the tea party:)

    Shilpa- it was nice and moist, quite delicious. :)


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