Thursday, December 6, 2012

#251 Cookie Countdown to Christmas #1- Nankhatai

As children my daughters loved watching Sesame Street and so I was devastated to read the horrifying news about the owner of the voice of a certain Sesame Street character. In Cookie Monster's own words "Sometimes me think what is love. And then me think love is what last chocolate cookie is for. Me give up the last chocolate cookie for you...............". 

What better way than a chewy Cookie to make someone smile? It's time for the customary cookies to be baked for spreading the joy of the season. The joy of being generous,and sharing the happiness with others makes it all worthwhile. I'm planning to partake in at least two cookie exchanges this year with friends and this post is the first of many cookies I'm baking this season. Keep watching 'cause you never know what surprises I may have in store for you:) and starting with today's post, I'm making a decadent Cookie every week while we Countdown to Christmas Day!

I'm starting this series with a little Indian style cookie made of the simplest of ingredients that my Mother used to bake. The Nankhatai is one of those everyday cookies that makes its mark at any party. The ingredients being so easily available --flour, sugar and butter, it is adaptable to any flavor so you can mix and match by adding cashews, raisins or other flavors as desired.

1½ cup melted butter
1½ cup confectioners sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup plain flour
¼ tsp powdered cardamom

1. Melt the butter over a low fire until just melted.Mix cardamom powder and salt with flour and sift once.
2. Mix together the butter and sugar. Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
3. Add flour in three parts and mix with a spoon.
4. Mix well using fingers to bring the mixture together.
5. Make around 20 small balls of the dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper spaced apart. Gently press
the balls to look like little domes.
6. Bake them for 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to change color- the bottom part turns to a light brownish tinge.


  1. Wow..looks sooo tempting and delicious...

  2. what a clever and fun and utterly delicious cookie! I love seeing what others make at christmas- their traditions! These cookies are fabulous


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