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19 December 2012 13 Comments

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Life is full of surprises. Just say ‘never’ and you’ll see.’ I did say ‘never’ to this Samsung Notebook after posting my entry for a recipe contest by Del Monte. And today when I open the parcel marked with ‘Winner - 1st Prize’ I understand that it takes more than just magic to make any dream a reality. These are the moments when all those unseen tiny efforts you put in to keep your passion alive seems worthwhile.  Thanks Del Monte and IndiBlogger for making it happen! The winning recipe a  No-Bake Chocolate Brownie is an easy treat you can make well ahead of time during festive season.

Some news travel faster than lightening. I found myself standing near my oven, baking goodies for friends way before the feeling of winning this pretty Notebook could sink in :)

What better than baking shortbread cookies. An easy and quick bake with a very ingredients to go in, these cookies resemble our indigenous melt-in-mouth Naankhatai both in taste and texture.

The best shortbread is crumbly in texture and pale in color with buttery taste. The amount of sugar and butter in Shortbread definitely does not make the recipe a favorite for health freaks. But diet goes out of window in times of celebrations and festivals.

I baked two versions of shortbread for my friends, flavored one with orange and the other with spices.

recipe contest award

I am never inclined to take part in online recipe contests, thanks to Renee of Indi Blogger whose repeated reminders about the contest made me send my entry in the last moment. Doesn’t this pink Samsung notebook look pretty…

Two Shortbread recipes

 The ingredients in the left is for wholewheat oats shortbread recipe and the other one is for orange flavored shortbread.

Two Shortbread recipes

Wholewheat Oats Shortbread

Ingredients;

  • 1 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • Caramel chips
  • Handful of black currants (optional)
Two Shortbread recipes

Frosting done by my daughter..

Method; Preheat oven to 160°C and grease a baking tray.

Grind oats (I used quick cooking oats) and brown sugar into fine powder.

Bring butter to room temperature and cream it with a fork or hand-mixer. Add oats and brown sugar powder and whole wheat flour in the creamed butter little by little.

Add cinnamon powder, caramel chips, black currents and bind all the ingredients to form a dough. The black currents and caramel chips will keep peeping out of the dough, do not bother.

Two Shortbread recipes

Wrap the dough in a parchment paper and chill it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Take out the dough and roll out the dough into 1/4” thickness or slightly thicker. Use a knife to cut the dough into square shaped shortbread cookies.

Arrange all the shortbread on the greased baking tray, dust it with powdered sugar (optional) and bake at 160°C for 12-15 minutes.

For frosting the shortbread, just mix 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with a few drops of water and spread it with a fork.

Crumbly Orange Shortbread

Two Shortbread recipes

Ingredients;

  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. crushed Pistachio
  • 1 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp. orange zest
  • A pinch of nutmeg

Two Shortbread recipes

Method; preheat oven at 160°C and grease a baking tray. Bring the butter to room temperature. Grate the outer part of orange peek to get orange zest.

Cream butter with a fork or with an electric hand-mixer till it becomes light. Add powdered sugar and beat again for a few minutes.

Add orange zest, nutmeg powder and cardamom powder in the butter and sugar mix.

Slowly add flour in the above mixture and make dough. Knead the dough on a board until it is smooth in texture.

Roll the dough in a baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes.

Two Shortbread recipes

Roll out the dough to about 1/4” thickness onto a board and cut into cookies using cookie cutters. Add a little of crushed Pistachio in the center of the shortbread and dust with sugar powder if you wish before baking.

Arrange all the cookies on the greased baking tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes. The cookies will be soft to touch at this stage but will soon harden after they cool down.

Two Shortbread recipes

 The whole wheat and oats shortbread won hands down in terms of taste and texture. Dust the shortbread with powdered sugar or cocoa powder. You can dip half of the shortbread in melted chocolate leave it on a wire rack to cool before serving. These goodies make perfect festive bake for sharing with family and friends.

It feels wonderful to bring down the blogging curtain for 2012 on a winning note.  Thanks to all the readers and blogger friends for your constant love & support to Lite Bite!

Notes;

  1. Do not overwork on the shortbread dough, as this will make the cookies tough.
  2. You can either use chilled butter in the recipe cut into the flour to form the dough or use softened butter and make the dough then refrigerate to get the perfect shortbread.
  3. I have baked these shortbread using vegetable oil and even ghee (clarified butter) and did not find much difference in either texture or taste.
  4. Do not miss the caramel chips in the wholewheat shortbread, it gives a wonderful gooey bite to the cookies.
  5. Replace the caramel chips with chocolate chips if you can’t find the same.

 

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13 Comments »

  • foodwanderings said:

    Congrats Sanjeeta. These cookies look heavenly! Nankhatai were probably the only Indian cookies I grew up with. Cookies in the traditional Western world sense that is! :)
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  • Priya said:

    Congrats Sanjeeta, you truly deserve it, both shortbread cookies looks simply incredible, love especially that oats shortbread.

  • kankana said:

    Sounds like the perfect treat for the season. You work so well with whole wheat, wish I could too!
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  • Love2cook Malaysia said:

    WOW, congratulations on winning the Samsung Notebook, dear! YAY for you!!!

    And those cookies, sooooooo cute and inviting! Samsung Notebook for you, cookies for me please! ;)

    Have a rocking day!
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  • Anupama said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    Congratulations on winning the Samsung notebook…..

    I liked the whole wheat cookies, i wanted to try them out but i wanted to know if brown sugar and jaggery can be substituted for each other. If so in what proprotions and if not what other substitute is there for brown sugar.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Anupama, you can use the normal white sugar in place of brown sugar, just that you may not get that color and flavor. It will not alter the texture or taste though. Happy baking.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Congratulations, what a wonderful prize!
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  • mjskit said:

    And yet another congratulations for another job well done! I remember those brownies. Definitely award winning! What a great prize to win. I know you’ll enjoy the notebook! Lots of memory and power for your gorgeous photos and recipes! Shortbreads are some of my favorite cookies and I love both of your versions! Another great set of recipes and photos my dear!
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  • Jayashree said:

    Congratulations on the win, Sanjeeta.
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  • Raggi said:

    Congratulations on winning the Samsung notebook Sanjeeta…. You truly deserve… all of your recipes are just wonderful.

  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Big Congrats to you Sanjeeta!
    Your photos are getting better by the day :) Lovely lovely photos here. These cookies look just perfect. Your healthy bakes will always be an inspiration for me.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today said:

    Congratulations! This shortbread cookies look amazing. This year I made some for my friends and it made them so happy. It is a perfect present :)
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  • Sonal said:

    This is fantastic Sanjeetha. Thanks for sharing.

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