festive mood

The year saw Hari Raya Haji falling on the last day of 2006. Since it was still the semester break, and both the sis and myself had much free time on our hands, the scent of freshly-baked cookies and cakes wafted throughout the house.

And so I contributed three types of cookies to the festive table.

  1. Rock Buns

    225g self-raising flour
    150g butter
    150g sugar
    150g raisins
    1 egg
    milk, enough to bind

    1. Preheat oven to 200C.
    2. Mix flour with salt, & rub in butter.
    3. Stir in sugar and raisins.
    4. Mix to a stiff dough with egg and milk.
    5. Bake 200C for 15-20mins.

    Verdict: Having tasted my last rock bun when I was in primary school, I actually can’t remember how ‘rock[hard]‘ these cookies had to be! It’s a simple recipe to follow, and the cookies would definitely be a hit amongst the raisin-lovers out there.

    Tip: The key is in putting just enough milk to bind the dough. Oh, and don’t bother shaping them into balls; they are afterall supposed to be ‘rock(s)’!

  2. Nutella Cookies

     

    1 1/3 cup plain flour
    2 tbsp cocoa powder
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    7 tbsp butter
    2/3 cup white sugar
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    2/3 cup Nutella
    1/2 tsp vanilla essence
    1 egg
    1/2 cup chocolate chips

    1. Preheat overn to 180C.
    2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
    3. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla essence and Nutella. Mix in egg.
    4. Add in the flour mixture. Add chocolate chips.
    5. Bake 180C for 11mins.

    Verdict: I didn’t add in the chocolate chips, since I ran out of them. But it did not compromise the taste at all. A crunchy cookie with a distinct Nutella taste; this is a personal favourite of mine!

  3. Chocolate Crinkles

    Ever since I saw these cookies at Betty Crocker’s site, I was determined to make them. Who could resist the black-and-white colour combination of these cookies? After sifting through several recipes, I concluded with this:

    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup cocoa powder
    2 cups white sugar
    2 tsp vanilla essence
    4 eggs
    2 cups plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    1. Mix oil, chocolate, sugar and vanilla essence in a large bowl. Mix in eggs, one at a time.
    2. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
    3. Preheat oven to 180C.
    4. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart.
    5. Bake for 10-12mins.

    Verdict: Time-consuming, most definitely. It tastes quite fudgy, so if you’re not a fan of chewy cookies, you should stay away from this. Surprisingly enough, these cookies gained the most compliments from the guests.

    Tip: The recipe actually makes quite alot, so if you’re pressed for time, just leave half the batch in the fridge and continue the next day. And be sure to coat the cookies with plenty of sugar if you want the colour contrast to be more prominent.

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