Cocoa Almond Cookies 


Eggless cocoa almond cookies.

A delicious, crispy and little chewy cookies. A perfect snack for your kiddos. Absolutely healthy. Kids will love it’s taste.

I have mixed three types of flour in it. Whole wheat flour, oats powder and refined flour. You can make with only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too if you like.

I have used homemade white butter in it.

Apart from being delicious, almonds are highly nutritious and very healthy.

Today, almonds nutrition benefits are praised around the world.  Almonds helps to prevent Heart Disease and Heart Attacks. Support Healthy Brain Function. Maintain Skin Health. Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Prevent Diabetes. Help With Weight Loss and Prevent Overeating. Increase Nutrient Absorption. Increase Digestive Health.

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Recipe 


Almond – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup

Refined flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – as required

Method 


Grind the almonds with skin. Grind into fine powder.

Grind the oats.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment pepper or aluminium foil.

In a bowl mix almond flour, oats powder, whole wheat flour, refined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl cream powdered sugar and room temperature butter. Beat well.

Add vanilla essence and mix.

Now add all the dry ingredients. Combine and make a smooth dough.

Make small balls. Gently flatten with your hand. Place an almond over every cookies. Press lightly.

Arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1-2 Inch apart.

Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes dark. Don’t forget to leave enough place between the cookies. Cookies will be double while baking.

Remove carefully. Cookies will be soft when hot but becomes crisp after cooling.

Let the cookies cool down completely.

Serve the crispy crunchy cocoa almond cookies with milk, tea or coffee. Or enjoy on your munching time.
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Oats Wholewheat Caraway Cookies / Eggless Savoury Cookies 

Eggless oats whole wheat caraway cookies.

One more oats cookies. But this time not sweet its savoury cookies. Crispy, delicious and healthy cookies for your sudden hunger pangs or munching time.

Perfect for kids to. You can make it as your kids choice. If they like Italian seasoning. Use Italian herb and chilli flakes instead of caraway.

If you don’t like caraway or ajwain use dry roasted cumin. Add chilli flakes or black pepper powder to make your cookies spicy.

You can add dried and crushed mint leaves, dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi or cilantro. Options are unlimited. Choice is yours.
This post is going to be a part of 96th #Foodiemonday bloghop #baking theme.

I have used homemade unsalted butter. If you want to use salted butter adjust the salt. Make and enjoy the crispy delicious savoury cookies with the flavour of your choice.

Recipe 


Whole Wheat flour – 1/2 cup + for dusting

Oats – 1/2 cup

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Caraway seeds – 1 teaspoon + to sprinkle

Powdered sugar – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Milk – 3 tablespoon or as require

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the oats. Make fine powder.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda, salt, caraway seeds, powdered sugar and butter. If you don’t want to use oats you can use 1 cup whole wheat flour or refined flour or maida only. Or use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup refined flour. Taste is better with refined flour or maida but I have used whole wheat flour and oats to make it healthy for kids and elderly people. And yes for health conscious people too.

Add sugar according to your taste. If you like more sweet add 2 tablespoon or add 1/2 teaspoon salt and, 1/4 cup sugar to make the cookies more sweet. I want to make these savoury so  I have added 1 tablespoon sugar only. You can add black pepper powder or chilli flakes too to make your cookies spicy.

If you don’t like caraway you can use dry roasted cumin. You can add dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi, dried mint leaves or cilantro.

Or add some Italian herb and chilli flakes. Choice is yours.

Mix everything. Add milk gradually to combine. Make a smooth dough.

Roll the dough on a flour dusted surface  with a rolling pin. Roll into a thin disc. Sprinkle little caraway seeds. Press lightly with rolling pin.

Cut with your favourite cookie cutter. I have used small sized cutter. You can use large size cutters if you like.

Arrange on the baking tray 1 inch apart. Cookies will not spread much.

Bake at 180° in preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges becomes brown.

If you want more crispy cookies bake for some more time to make light brown.

Let the cookies cool down.

Store in a airtight container.

serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Enjoy healthy munching.

Happy baking 😊

Oats Almond Jaggery Cookies / No Butter No Sugar Cookies 

Eggless oats almond jaggery honey cookies / no butter no sugar cookies.

Want a guilt free snack for your sudden hunger pangs or sweet craving? Yes its totally guilt free and delicious. No butter no sugar. I have used organic jaggery or gur powder and honey.

Thanks to my neighbor Jagjeet Kaur for this organic jaggery powder. She brought it from farm for me.
With so many health benefits jaggery  helps to increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood and it is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism.

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So enjoy your munching time.

Its my second attempt to make this cookies. When made it first time, taste was too good but cookies becomes flat and soft. So made it again with some changes and very happy with the result.

Soft and flat but delicious

This post is going to be a part of 94th #Foodiemonday bloghop #Snacks theme. My contribution is this healthy and yummy oats, almond jaggery honey cookies.

These cookies have no butter or ghee/ clarified butter so perfect for weight watchers. And good for kids too because of oats, jaggery, honey and almond. You can give it in your kids tiffin too.
Organic jaggery and honey made these cookies super delicious. You can’t resist yourself to take another one.

Recipe 


Oats – 1 cup

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Jaggery or gur powder – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the almonds and Oats into fine powder.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients with almonds and oats powder.

Combine and mix everything well. Don’t kneed much.

Make small balls and lightly press with your palm.

Place on baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges becomes brown. If you want more crispy, bake for 2 – 3 minutes more. Don’t overbake.

Cookies will be soft when hot. So let it cool down completely.

Serve or store in airtight container for later use.
Enjoy healthy and yummy cookies with your tea coffee or milk.

Gluten Free Pearl Millet Sesame Oats Cookies 


Eggless pearl millet/bajra, sesame seeds or til and oats cookies.

These gluten free cookies are perfect for winter. Pearl millet or bajra and sesame or til both keep you warm and help you to beat the cold.

You will love the delicious mouth melting cardamom flavoured cookies.
We all know oats as world’s healthiest food. Better way to gain the strength and energy.
Pearl millet or bajra is rich in protein, fibre, minerals, phosphorus and iron. It has many health benefits due to its high nutritional value.
Sesame seeds are also rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins, zinc, copper, fiber, folat and protein etc.

So its a perfect cookie for you and your kids to beat the cold.

Recipe 


Pearl millet or bajra flour/atta – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Sesame seeds or til – 1/4 cup, lightly dry roasted and cooled

Powered sugar – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1 tablespoon

Method 
Preheat the oven at 180°

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.


In a bowl mix pearl millet or bajra flour/atta, oats powder, sesame seeds or til, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder.

In a large bowl cream together clarified butter/ghee and powdered sugar. Beat well.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix well and make a smooth dough. Add little milk if require. I have added 1 tablespoon milk. You can use little more if you feel your dough is dry.

Take 1 tablespoon from the dough and make small balls out of it. Place on a greased tray 1 inch apart.

Press gently. Make a criss cross with a knife on every cookies.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown.

Don’t overbake. And don’t touch the cookies when hot. The cookies will soft when hot but they will turn crisp when cool.

So let the cookies cool down completely before serving. Store in an airtight container for later use.
Enjoy the mouth melting cardamom flavoured cookies with your tea or coffee.

Happy baking 🙂

Khajur Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery Oats Dry Fruits Cookies 


Khajur gur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies.

A totally guilt free healthy cookie for you and your kids to munch and enjoy the delightful taste. Taste of dry fruits and aroma of date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur makes the cookies heavenly.

Khajur/Khejur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery derived  from the sap of date palm tree. Which is collected and cooked for long time and then cool to solidify.

Its famous in Bengal. Well known as patali gur used in many desserts in winter like nolen gur rasgulla, sandesh, paesh or kheer and many more. All are lip-smacking dishes.These delicacies makes my Kolkata visit in winter more enjoyable 🙂

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dried fruits.

I have made many desserts with date palm jaggery but never used it in cookies. Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is around the corner. And we use this Jaggery in all the special delicacies on this auspicious occasion. Every year we make gokul pithe, paesh, patisapta, ranga aloor pithe, muger pithe etc on Maker Sankranti or Poush Parbon. I remember my mom spent whole day to make these delicacies. And for us it was a feasting day.

This time I have used this date palm jaggery in cookies for a change. And loved the aroma and taste. I have used homemade fresh butter in it. Wholewheat flour, oats, dry fruits and jaggery makes the cookies healthy too.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur is the most nutrient rich variety of raw jaggery. Its loaded with vitamins and minerals and an excellent substitute for sugar. Sugar gives you only sweetness and contains no  nutrients.

Whereas jaggery is healthy and natural sweetener because its processed without any artificial or chemical ingredient. Iron rich jaggery increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia.

Recipe 


Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 & 1/2 cup

Butter – 1/2 cup

Jaggery or gur – 1/3 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Raisins – 1 tablespoon chopped

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces

Almond – 2 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces.

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder. If you want you can use all purpose flour/maida instead of wholewheat flour/atta.

Mix butter, grated jaggery and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat well. If you don’t have date palm jaggery, you can use traditional cane jaggery too.

Add dry ingredients and chopped dry fruits. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. My son love cashew nuts and don’t like raisins much. So I have used less raisins. Add as per your choice.
Make a semi stiff dough. If your dough is not stiff enough to roll keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes covered. Or if you feel its not smooth sprinkle little milk.

Roll It with the help of a rolling pin. Roll out into 1/4″ thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter. Use any shape of cookie cutter of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 7 – 8 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown. It will be soft in the middle and becomes crisp when cool.

I have turned upside down and bake for 2 – 3 minutes more to bring some colour on other side too.

Let the cookies cool down before serving.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious khajur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery cookies.

Oats Thandai Nankhatai

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Nanakhatai with oats and thandai.
Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

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I have made it with thandai.
Thandai is traditionally accociated with holi festival, a spring festival known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love.

Thandai is a cold drink with lots of health benefits. Prepared with a mixture of  almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. Its very useful to be fresh and cool in summer.
I have used store bought thandai syrup.

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This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop event. #Theme is fusion recipe using thandai. #Fusionthandairecipes.

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Fusion cuisine is cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style .

So presenting all time favourite nankhatai in a different taste.

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Recipe

All purpose flour or maida – 1 cup

Gram flour or chickpea flour or besan – 1\4 cup

Oats – 1\4 cup powdered

Baking soda – 1\4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1\2 cup

Powderd sugar – 1\2 cup

Thandai syrup – 1\4 cup or as require to make a soft dough

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Method

Grind the oats and keep aside.
Cream together sugar and ghee or clarified butter. Add flour along with baking powder, soda, gram flour or besan and oats powder.

Knead to a smooth dough. Add thandai slowly while making the dough. Add as require to make a soft and smooth dough. I have used 1\4 cup. Make small balls and press lightly with your thumb.

Arrange in the greased tray keeping 1 inch distance. It will be doubled when baked.

Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Timing depends on oven. Every oven takes different time. Check it after 10 minutes. Bake until cookies starts to turn light golden colour.

Colour should be very light. Don’t overbake.
Allow the nankhatai to cool before serving.

Cookies will be soft when hot but they will turn crisp as they cool down. Store in an airtight container for further use.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy thandai nankhatai with your tea or coffee.

Nankhatai

 

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Straight out from oven. Freshly baked nankhatai. Delicious and melt in mouth.

After taste it you never satisfy with store bought. These home made are much better than store bought.

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Recipe
APF flour or maida -1 cup
Gram flour/chickpea flour or besan – 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Clarified butter or ghee – 1 cup melted
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Chopped cashew nut

 

Method
Cream together sugar and ghee. Add flour along with baking powder, soda and cardamom powder.

Knead to a smooth dough. Make small balls and fill with cashew pieces.

Arrange in the greased tray. Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow the nankhatai to cool before eating.

Enjoy the mouth melting and yummy nankhatai with your tea or coffee.

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