Written by Meena Agarwal on December 19th, 2006 |
… my christmas Baking marathon!
Now, I’ve never been a big fan of baking, nor have I ever attempted to turn my kitchen into a cookie workshop during Christmas time. But this time it’s going to be different. When Hubby Dear suggested that we (or rather, I!) bake cookies fresh at home this year, instead of taking a trip down the lane to our favourite Italian bakery, I was intrigued. The thought did cross my mind, several times. But the succeeding thought of being covered in flour and my oven going up in flames always scared me just a little bit. But then again, one look at his puppy face, and I couldn’t help but become compelled to at least give it one try.
With my school finally over, I am currently enjoying the benefits of being at home. That is ofcourse, before I get into the grind of looking for a full-time job - but let’s not think about that right now and try and enjoy the moment, shall we! So, with a new found energy I decided this was goin gto be the day that would either make or break a tradition in my home. I was about to enter the realm where the aroma of freshly baked goods could be smelled in the air during the Holiday season. Mind you, if this by some grace of God turned out to be a success, I knew it would be stuck as a tradition in our home, where I would be expected to bake every Christmas!
As I sat down with a cookie bible I picked up about the same time last year, deciding on which one of the classic favourites I wanted to play with, my mind began to circle around some not-so-traditonal ideas. Another couple of minutes later, I was convinced on what I wanted. One problem was, I had no idea how to go about it. Neither had I ever eaten such a cookie, not had I heard of one. But wonder of wonders, that didn’t stop me. And boy am I glad! Needless to say, the smell of something baking in the oven was only one of it’s perks!
Prep time: 10 min, Cooking time: 15 min | Makes: 12 cookies
1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup chopped dried mango
PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees.
MIX melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract, in a large bowl until well incorporated. Fold in flour, shredded coconut and mango to form a soft dough.
DIVIDE dough and shape into cookies. Line a cookie sheet with greased foil and bake cookies for 15-20 minutes till golden and done.