January 23, 2008

Fruit Cookies

One of the books that I picked up recently was The Cookie Book. It has over 300 recipes. I tried a few muffin recipes from this book, but wanted really to make cookies. I think what put me off was the 6 letter word I found in almost each recipe: butter! I finally decided to bring the butter out from the deep freeze and put it to use. I'd promised my team some baked goodies to celebrate a mini milestone. So, I thought, why not??

These chewy cookies are a real treat and considering how many cookies I got (roughly 50), I felt the 1/2 cup butter was understandable. When I see 1/2 cup, I feel like the entire 1/2 cup is going into one cookie and I think that's what puts me off. I modifed the recipe that I found in the basics section of the book. I remembered Anita asking me to try cookies with half and half (flour and wheat)

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Atta

3/4 cup Flour

1/2 cup Sugar

1 Egg, beaten

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 cup Candied Fruit Bits (Papaya, Pineapple, Mango, Apricots)

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).

Beat the sugar and the butter until fluffy and add the essence and the egg and mix well. Fold in the flours and
gently stir the fruits in.

Grease a cookie sheet and drop spoonfuls of the dough on to the sheet. Leave ample space in between each cookie.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and then store in an air tight container.

Off this goes to Nags of For the Cook in Me who is hosting this month’s A Fruit A Month event. I even bought a raw papaya to make something savoury, but the baker in me took over.


amna said...

Please do send in the savory entry too :)

love the cookies :)

Sia said...

cookies look fantastic raaga. u r right. i too look at the butter used and stay away from baking thinking whole butter is gonna go in one piece of cake;)
which is that cookie book raaga? and did u try any other recipes from that book?

Chitra said...

Whao Looks so yummy...

Asha said...

Papaya in cookies sounds fantastic Raaga! Great entry girl!:)
(My comments are open now)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

It is true, unfortunately, that the butter makes all the difference (for the better)to cookies.

musical said...

Lovely cookies, must have tasted so moist and delish from all the fruit! I agree, its crazy as to how much fat certain recipes call for! Especially baked desserts!

Suganya said...

1/2 cup for 50 cookies is understandable. Portion control is the mantra. I have never seen dried fruits in cookies. I will downsize the recipe and try it once.

Raaga said...

@Nags: Can't promise the savoury entry sweets... am going home tomorrow.

@Sia: Now you have your information :-)

@Chitra: Try it :-)
@Ashakka: Thanks. I'll go to your blog now :-)

@Aparna: Yeah... they make all the difference :-)

@Musical: Yup... and my fruits were
rum soaked... so they were delish.

@Suganya: Try it with half... you'll like it.

Sig said...

great addition of candied friuts in the cookies... and rum soaked, you can never go wrong with that:)

Unknown said...

I had never thought to add papaya to cookies but it sounds wonderful.
Instead of butter, do you access to coconut oil/shortening? Much healthier and tastes just as good, this is what I am told. I plan on trying it soon.