I wanted to take some treats to class and instead of Indian mithai, I decided to make some cookies. This was my first time making cookies. I was super nervous. What if they turn out hard as rock?
My plan B - take bourbon cookies if this fails. Luckily, I didn't have to go to plan B.
The cookies turned out moist, soft and buttery. They were not too sweet, so this would make great holiday cookies too for decorating.
I made some diya (lamps) on the cookie with edible markers a tiny splash of whipped cream in the middle and a tiny bit of sprinkles. Don't they look festive?
3 cups of all purpose flour
2 sticks (8oz of butter)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
pinch of cardamom and cinnamon powder
1/2 tspoon salt
1 1/2 tspoon baking powder
1 tspoon vanilla
Combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cardamom. I like to sieve it once to get it all smooth.
Cream the butter and sugar together for 4-5 minutes till it turns creamy.
Add in the egg and vanilla and mix again. Then add the flour. At this point I like to use my hands to get the dough together. Don't overmix. Once it's all together, make it in a disc shape and chill.
Preheat the oven to 350 degF and bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. One trick to keeping it soft - don't let the entire cookie turn brown. Look for the edge, once they start to turn brown, time to take the cookies out.