August 15, 2009

Eggless Chocolate Almond Cookies

Janmashtami! One of the more important festivals for my family. There seemed to be some confusion with the dates. Apparently, it was to be celebrated on the 13th, but everyone around me at work, was celebrating it on the 14th. Then Amma dropped the bombshell last afternoon. She said some folks were celebrating it next month. So, it didn't seem wrong to celebrate it on the 14th after all.

I didn't have the day off as many people in the city did. I thought a lot about what I wanted to make. Two years ago, I made chocolate chip buns for little Krishna. My philosophy is that had Krishna lived in this day and age, as a child he'd have loved Cadbury's. Along the same line of thought, I decided to make chocolate almond fudge this year. But I changed my mind and decided to bake cookies instead. They turned out absolutely divine and I do hope that Krishna had a bite too. A plate of chocolate almond cokies was my neivedyam this year.

¾ cup(generous) Flour

2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/8 tsp Cooking Soda

¼ cup Powdered Sugar

1/3 cup (generous) Ghee (Clarified Butter)

1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

2 tbsp Almonds, slivered

Cream the sugar and the ghee until well blended.

Sift the flour with the soda. Add this to the sugar-ghee mixture. Add the vanilla essence. Make a dough and divide into small balls. Flatten each ball onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 C.

Allow to cool and enjoy.


sra said...

Nice picture. Interesting recipe.

sra said...

Interesting write up and viewpoint aalso.

Ashwini said...

I liked your approach with "Cadbury's" for Lord Krishna. Even I had the confusion for dates, never mind, sentiments matter the most. I offered my humble Rava Ladoo.


Unknown said...

Great offering! Looks too good.

Lavanya said...


Parita said...

Delicious offering raaga, recipe sounds interesting, reminds of nankhatai if we remove the coco powder and vanilla :)

Vidhya said...

I have all those ingredients u have mentioned.. will try it this weekend. looks really tempting..

Divya Kudua said...

Chocolate and almond in cookies..yummm..I'm sure Lord Krishna loved this treat..:)

Red Chillies said...

Liked the idea of offering chocolate stuff to Krishna. As you said if he was here now, e would have loved chocolates.

Priya Narasimhan said...

adding ghee instead of butter is a good idea, though krishna loves butter. :-)
boomarking the recipe..

Miri said...

I didn't think there would be someone with as "crazy" ideas (perfectly sensible from my POV) as I do about neivedyam for pooja. I too go with what I feel is "right" rather than what is supposed to be the right prasadam :)
I also don't bother about the day/date and the pooja was done on the 14th when I had an off!

The cookies look wonderful and I'm sure they pleased the Lord.

Cheese India said...

That's indeed a yummy offering to please Shri Krishna