March 18, 2011

Egg less Whole Wheat Almond Cookies..

How do you like your cup of tea or coffee.. with sugar or without?....and what do you like with it? something sweet or something spicy? Do you have it watching TV or with a book ? Or in the balcony looking at the clouds or  in the verandah, listening to the rain. Do you like it alone, catching a moment of peace or with everyone talking at once? Which is one time you can't do without it..morning , mid morning or evening? Any way you prefer it, we need something with the tea or coffee.  When we were new here, we used to wonder how the stickily sweet donut pairs with coffee. I figure the sweetness of the donut cuts the bitterness of the coffee and viceversa!
Then we liked our tea sweet and our snack spicy.. now its the reverse.. our tea is mostly unsweetened but then we need a sweet to go with it.. also similar to the Turkish who drink tea unsweetened but then place a sugar cube in the mouth to sweeten it!!

Whole wheat cookies filled with almond and flavored with cardamom...sounds too healthy for you? Well, these don't have eggs but do have some butter to enhance the nutty flavor of the whole wheat. No, they don't taste like digestive biscuits...They don't taste like rusk or whole wheat crackers....
The taste is best described as the taste of Whole wheat laddoos or atta laddoos for those familiar with it. Those laddoos are made by toasting the whole wheat flour and then binding them with nuts, sugar and ghee while they are hot. For these cookies, the flour , butter instead of ghee and sugar and nuts are all bound together in raw form and then toasted/baked in the oven.. the taste is almost the same.
So if you like whole wheat and like cookies, give this a try. It's very easy and this link to Manjula's kitchen has a video too which definitely makes it self explanatory.

This month’s Sweet Punch challenge was to make Whole Wheat Almond Eggless Cookies from Manjula's Kitchen.

Recipe source: Manjula's Kitchen
 You Will Need:
Wholewheat flour- 1cup
Granulated sugar - a little less than 1/2 cup sugar
Salt-1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Almonds- 1/4 c chopped
 finely or cut into slivers.

Butter- 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted, at room temperature.
Milk- 2 tbsp or less.


Pre-heat the oven to 360F .
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure the butter is soft and melted and then work it into the dry mix with your finger. 

Knead  well as you would mix a dough. If the butter is really soft, then without adding any milk, you should get a pliable dough.  Don't add the milk in that case.
Add the milk teaspoon by teaspoon only if the dough feel hard. Knead well and divide the dough into equal sized balls.. you should get about 22- 26. 
Roll each one in your palm till they get a smooth texture and then flatten them to the final size you want them to be. They don't spread much while baking.
Line a Cookie tray/baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookies an inch apart. Bake them in the middle of the oven for anywhere between 15 to 18 minutes, depending on your oven's heat. They should be soft and be slightly golden color when you remove them. 
They may look undone but they harden after cooling on a wire rack. Store in airtight containers.


Priya Suresh said...

They looks soo pretty and delicious..

Suji said...

Yumm yumm cookies!

Bharathy said...

So Glad that you were able to make it and join the team!! :)
Cookies look sooo cute :)

Pravs said...

Love almond cookies !

Sushma Mallya said...

They look so yummy!

s said...

the cookies look spectacular. Cant wait to try it.

Myra said...

Superbe !!! they look like "Macarons"
yours Myra xx

Jaisy James said...

cookies looks yummy

contabilitate said...

Very nice cookies, they looks so good and i am sure it tastes delicious. I will try this recipe for sure.