Tuesday, 23 December 2014

HAVE-SUM-MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

HAVE-SUM-MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Edited: - This recipe was published in the local Newspaper of Airdrie  "Here's the Scoop" on 18th December 2015.
Edited- This recipe was featured on Friday free for all blog hop on 18th December 2015. Here is the link




Christmas time is a festive time, and the whole month of December I can feel the festivities when everybody is in a mood of celebration. In this festive season, shops, malls, and houses are all illuminated with lights and other decorations. Even though this festival does not bear any religious significance to me, I can still feel the festive season and mood in my house as my grandchildren love to celebrate Christmas. As November rolls around, they start asking, “when are we going to put up our Christmas tree?”.


A big Christmas tree sits in my living room, from the last 20 days, and my grandchildren are having fun decorating it every day with their new ideas. They know the person to go to and demand for new tree ornaments that is me, they know that I cannot refuse their demands, I am the grandma after all! Whenever I go shopping I get their list ready with the instructions from the young one (who is only four years old), “Naani (grandma), you must buy these items.”




During the weekend, when the whole family was going out for dinner at a friend's place, my grandchildren were counting the lit houses, screaming and really enjoying looking out for all the lit up decorations on our drive. Later I heard them demanding their dad to put up more lights and decorations outside our house too, the lit up the rim on the eaves-trough was not enough, we needed some more lit up trees and reindeer in our yard.


These shortbread cookies are inspired by the famous Bakers Eat-SUM-MORE, which we all loved to eat when we lived in Botswana. The cookies are buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Traditional shortbread does not have cream cheese like in this recipe, I feel cream cheese adds more texture and make the cookies more manageable when shaping them.


 RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

FOR COOKIES

  • 100 gm cream cheese
  • 225 gm butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cups brown sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
    FOR FROSTING
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbs milk
METHOD
  • Preheat oven 320 F.
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugar well.
  • Add butter and beat until light in colour.
  • Add vanilla essence and corn starch and combine.
  • Add flour and combine all the flour into this buttery mixture and try to bring it together.
  • Add ½ cup oil into the mixture and try to bring together, keep adding a ½ cup and combine into a dough.
  • Divide into portions (preferably 4) that you can roll out, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins, take one portion out, roll out to 1/2 cm thickness, you can roll it out 1/4 cm for thinner cookies, cut out using your favourite cookie cutter shapes, and place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15 mins (for thinner cookies), 20 mins for thicker cookies, or until just before golden. Don’t overcook these cookies, cool them on a rack.
  • For the frosting- add the milk to the icing sugar and beat, drizzle on the cookies or pipe them on and let it dry for a couple of hours.
Bakes 70 thick cookies/ 90 thin cookies.

I am sending this recipe as my blog entry for the treat-petite event.
And another Christmas-Recipe-round-foodie Friday event., and with Festive Food Friday, and also sharing with Meatless Monday, with What'd you do this weekend and with Food year linkup, and with Friday free for all, with Hearth and soul blog hop, and Tasty Tuesday Creative Kids, and with Funtastic Friday, and with Fiesta Friday 100th edition,



























Also sending this post as my blog entry to Cook and Celebrate event, and Bake Fest event.








                 







I am also sending my post to " My Treasured Recipe # 4-Ho Ho Ho its Christmas (Dec 2014)" hosted by Miss B of Everybody eats well in Flanders and co hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House.
And also for Bake-a-thon event at eastwestrealm, and for Bake of the Week. and for March Family Foodie Baking., and with Two favorite things on Thursday.















46 comments:

  1. They look lovely and a great Christmas treat. Thank you for entering into Treat Petite!

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    1. Thanks Kat for vising my blog and reading the post.

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  2. Hi Sadhna,
    Thanks for linking to MTR #4, your christmas cookies are so pretty, wish I can have some! Here's wishing you a Happy New Year ! :)

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    1. I am looking forward for more events like this where I can share my recipes, Happy New Year to you too.

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  3. How lucky your grandchildren are. I bet they love spending time with you at Christmas. Thanks for submitting your tofu dish to No Croutons Required It wasn't very festive though so I added these instead. Hope that's ok. The <a href="http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com/2014/12/final-bookmarked-recipes-no-croutons.html!>roundup is now live</a>

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    1. That is fine Jacqueline, thanks for your help.

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  4. Cookies looks perfect and colorful. Happy new year.

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  5. Hi Sadhna,

    Nice to have you linking with us at Cook and Celebrate! Sorry for my late visit as I was having a break :p

    Very pretty cookies and hope to have you cooking and baking more in the future :D

    Happy 2015!!!!

    Zoe

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for a nice comment. Looking forward for events like "Cook and Celebrate" in future.

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  6. Brilliant colours - love these colours (and their name!) Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek New roundup now open x

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  7. these cookies look delicious! love all the colors also ♥

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  8. Yum!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

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  9. These look lovely, I've never tried shortbread made with cream cheese before.

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    1. Thanks Charlottle, they are very tasty, give them a try.

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  10. Oh I've never used cream cheese in a cookie dough, must try this! Thanks for sharing with #FestiveFoodFriday.

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    1. Thanks Sarah,cream cheese made them melt in mouth.

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  11. They look beautiful and delicious. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. Hope to see you back next week.

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  12. I love shortbread cookies and cream cheese sounds like a great addition, these are so pretty and festive! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  13. Very nice christmas cookies, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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  14. Shortbread Cookies are such a wonderful Christmas treat, and yours look beautiful Sadhna! Thank you so much for bringing them to the Hearth and Soul Hop. Sharing!

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    1. Thanks April for sharing and for your comment.

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  15. Love the name :-) Thay look pretty delicious too. Thanks for sharing with #frifree4all

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  16. These look delicious!!

    THanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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  17. Oh, I want a plate of these please? They look so beautiful and just scrumptious too. Thanks for sharing this recipe so we can enjoy it too.

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    1. Thanks Carrie for visiting my blog and for your comment.

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  18. Thank you for linking this delicious recipe to Fiesta Friday - it's perfect for our very special 100th blog fest!
    Have a Wonderful Holiday,
    Ginger x

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    1. Thanks very much, yes, even me i thought this will be the nice recipe to share on this occasion.

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  19. I bet the cream cheese not only makes them more manageable but adds some great flavor. I love to use that ingredients - recipes always seem to turn out so good. Thanks for sharing another cookie recipe with every at Fiesta Friday #100. We all are looking for something different to make :)

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    1. Thanks Judy for your comment, yes cream cheese is really making the difference in taste.

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  20. The cookies are beautiful, they are like little frosted cakes. Thank you so much for bringing to the party!!

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  21. I think you're right about the cream cheese, and I think it helps keep them from becoming too dry, too, if they go in a tin for awhile! You've done such a gorgeous job with the decorations! Happy New Year and Happy Fiesta Friday!! I'm pinning this to the FF Board just in case no one has yet!

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    1. Awww, so nice of you for such kind words and for pinning the recipe.

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  22. What pretty cookies--they're so beautifully decorated! And congratulations for being published as well! The dough sounds quite interesting, with the cream cheese and the butter, a bit like a rugelach dough.

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    1. Thanks very much for your visit and your comment.

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