You can stroll up, you can scroll down. You can scroll as much as you want. Cos there are a more than one (that too of the finished product :D) picture of these beauties in this post.
These cookies are a result of lot of preparation. I went to the store specifically to get nested heart shaped cookie cutters. The set I got was broken partially, yet I picked it up since I wanted it badly. I went to the supermarket quite far off to pick up Poppins (candy), since none of the nearby shops had it when I needed them.
And I had to hide it from my kid (You have no idea how nosy
the elder kid hubby can be when it comes to snacks).
These cookies are special, because were baked for a very special occasion.
It was planned as a gift for my BM mates, for our BM 25 Meet. I finally zeroed down on the cookie recipe, started the work. I handled the dough too much, since its my first cut out cookie – by that, I mean this is the first time I am successful in cutting the cookies out – and not that its my first attempt!
I made the first batch, attacked these before it even cooled down.
And was so disappointed…
The cookies look really nice and beautiful, but I really didn’t like the taste of candy and cookie together. So I didn’t bake anymore, as I felt that it was not worth the effort.
Yet I took a couple of these for the BM meet. And everyone liked it (or were they being just nice?!! :D, I have no idea). Anyway, I thought I will record it here that I tried it. And also that I didn’t like it much. Else two months down the line, I would be exclaiming that I have never tasted these!
This is the third post for BM 26. Check out the other participants for more recipes here in the Blogging Marathon page.
Recipe Source: My Diverse Kitchen
Makes: Many, many!
- All-purpose flour : 3 cups
- Baking powder : 1.5 tsp
- Salt : 1/2 tsp
- Sugar : 1 cup
- Butter : 200 gm
- Milk : 3 tbsp
- Vanilla extract : 1 tsp
- Candy : 1 pkt ( I used Poppins)
- Bring butter to room temperature. It should be soft. I microwaved the block of butter in 10 sec intervals couple of times at 40% power. If you do this at 100% power, you will have ghee instead of softened butter!!
- Beat butter and sugar together using a hand blender in a big bowl, till soft. Add vanilla essence and milk. Beat again.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this in batches to the butter mix and bring it all together into a dough, using your hands. You might have to add a little bit of milk, if necessary, if the dough is not coming together.
- If you find that the dough is too soft for rolling, shape it into a disc and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes till its firm. Roll this dough out with a thickness of about 1/4″.
- Separate the candy based on color. Put the same color candies in a ziplock cover and crush it into powder form using a rolling pin.
- Cut out heart or any shape out of the dough using a cookie cutter. Cut another heart from inside this using a smaller cookie cutter.
- Fill the inside heart shape with the candy. Using a toothpick or something similar, spread the crushed candy to fill the inside shape completely, without gaps. This is optional, since candy will melt and spread.
- Bake in a preheated oven, at 180C for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on it all the time. Once its baked, let it cool for sometime and gobble them down!