Saturday, November 26, 2005

A virtual cookie swap” joined IMBB-SHF.

I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do bake during holidays and this is one of the best since I could give it to my friends as parting gifts. However, due to lack of resources, I changed all the pecan and walnut with ground nuts.

Due to my Dutch lineage, this is my favourite:

Jan Hagel
225 g butter
225 g sugar
240 g flour
0.5 tsp cinnamon
75 g pecan/walnut
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
1 tbs water
1. Smoother the butter and sugar, add yolk and cinnamon. Add the flour part by part and lastly the nuts. Pour it into the tray (preferable 10x15).
2. Mixed the white and water. Brush it on top of the cookie dough in the tray. Sprinkle nuts generously on top of it.
3. Bake it at 180 Celsius for 20-25 min.
4. Cut the jan hagel while it’s hot. Then let it cool on the rack.

Now, I have excess nuts, so I guess I could make some thing for my best friends who are all over each other. I will definitely enjoy their faces when they know what it is.

Mexican wedding cookies.
225 g butter
115 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla
90 g all purpose flour
150 g pecan
1. Same drill people. Butter and sugar first, vanilla, flour by part and then the nuts.
2. Scoop a huge spoonful of it to the tray and shape it to a crescent. Fill the tray.
3. Bake it at 135 degree Celsius for 45 minutes. However, I made it at 180 degree.
4. Sprinkle it with confectionary sugar while hot.

This is another version of it, it’s crunchier.
240 g all purpose flour
0.25 tsp salt
225 g butter
115 g sugar
2tsp vanilla
120 g pecan
1. Same drill all over again. This time you roll the dough in a foil and chill it in the fridge till it’s hard enough to be cut.
2. Arrange it and bake it at 162 degree Celsius for 15/20 min (again I use 180 degree Celsius.)

This was what I made when the fasting month was over and we have extra dates.
Date and nuts cookies.
90 g all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
225 g confectionary sugar
0.25 tsp salt
2 eggs
225 g chopped date
150 g chopped walnut
1. Drill has not change from the first.
2. Scoop 2 spoonful of it to the tray and flatten it.
3. Bake it at 160 degree Celsius for 20 min (I used 180 degree AGAIN).

I sincerely apologize for my page’s lack of visual effect (aka picture) since (I have said before) I have no handy camera (I refuse to developed a film just for the sake of a picture of a plate of something). Nevertheless enjoy it, and merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!