I promised Zlamushka that I would send her some Christmas special recipes for her Spoonful of Christmas event. When I said that, I had Kuswar- traditional Christmas dishes prepared at Mangalore, recipes in mind. But what I had not checked was the fact that all the Kuswar dishes that I had involved deep frying. They are all so tempting, but I am not in a mood to prepare anything deep fried after the Diwali overdose. So, I changed my plan.
Next in line was the Italian sandwich cookies which look absolutely delicious. I have tried these once before and messed them up. I wanted to give them a second try. So I started and took care not to miss a single step. But looks like making these is not my cup of tea. The cookies turned out like thin sheet even though I had taken all precautions. I am not yet ready to give up on them because they look absolutely delicious, I will give them another try after few days with a new batch of cornmeal(I seriously doubt the cornmeal that I have).
So now, I started going through my recipe collection, which my dad had got for me. There were many dishes which could go well for this event. Then I got this idea of making cookies with cashews. So I took ideas from more than one recipe in the collection and some from the above Italian sandwich cookies, came up with these cookies. I had really little hope that they would turn out good. But to my surprise, they were very very tasty, crunchy and melt in the mouth types. Give them a try to know what I mean.
I will send this to Zlamushka’s spoonful of Christmas event & hope she accepts such trial recipes. Well, I had not read the rules properly, so I haven’t wrapped these. Will see if I can do something about it before they all get over. Well..I have never celebrated Christmas before and have baked these just for the event, so I hope I get some kind of concession ;).
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 and 1/2 tea spns baking powder
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Zest of one orange
1/2 tea spn salt
1 tea spn vanilla extract can be substituted for orange zest. But I loved the orange flavor in these. Instead of adding pecans and/cashews, any kind of nuts can be added. Coarsely powder the nuts leaving few big pieces for better result.
Preheat oven at 375F for about 10mins.
Beat together sugar and butter till they are well mixed. Add baking powder, flour, orange zest, egg, salt and mix well.
Now add chopped nuts and mix well.
Make small balls from the dough and keep them on baking sheet leaving enough space between two. They almost double in volume when done, so leave enough space.
Bake in oven for about 15 mins at 375 F.
Makes about 30 cookies
Preparation time : 30mins (excluding baking time)