Sunday, August 7, 2011

Friendshipday Special - Vanilla Cookies

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Wish all my readers and friends a very very Happy Friendship Day :)

Friendship day memories are the most sweetest among the treasured memories of school and college days.

I still remember, the day before friendship day would be a busy one for me. Shopping friendship bands for the dear ones, hand crafting special bands for the close buddies and cutting out simple satin ribbon bands for the not so favorite friends :P The pleasure and the smile from the friends for this gesture would be priceless. Though friendship is not something that has to be celebrated for just one day, it still matters, because we just need a day to express it all.

School life were the days when I used to feel so proud while returning home with wrist full of friendship bands :) Why not?!! I had such a huge list of friends who bothered to let me know how they feel about me :)

Now days have changed or say we have grown up a little that we just make calls to wish friends and try to meet up for a coffee. More polished and matured way of celebration isn't it?! :)

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This year I wanted to celebrate it with you all too since your support has motivated me to blog so much :)

Fortunately my hits have crossed a big number 4,00,000 today and it would be apt to celebrate the day with pomp and joy with all my blog viewers :)

Here is my simple vanilla cookies dressed up like you and me holding hands :) Thank you so much for your support :) I dedicate this post to you all :)

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Ingredients:

All purpose flour(maida) - 100 gms
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Cooking soda - 1/4 tsp
Unsalted Butter - 50 gms
Powdered sugar - 50 gms
Vanilla essence - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch

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Method:

Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and cooking soda together and keep it aside.

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in vanilla essence, salt and mix well.

Add the flour and soda mixture and mix with hands into a soft dough. Wrap it with cling film and refrigerate for half an hour.

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Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Remove the dough from refrigerator. Sprinkle some All purpose flour on your working surface and roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.

Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Place the cut out cookies on a baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes. Watching closely so that they don’t get too brown. 13 minutes did it perfectly in my convection oven.

Let the cookies cool on wire rack for a while. Initially the cookies might feel a little soft and crumbly to touch but it will harden as it cools down.

Store in air tight containers.

Light, crumbly and melt in the mouth vanilla cookies is ready to eat :)

This quantity would make around 15-20 cookies depending on the size that you make.

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For icing:

Ingredients:

Icing sugar
Water
Food colors

Method:

Take some icing sugar in a cup and just add few drops of water to it and mix well until it is smooth. It should be in flowing consistency which is thick enough to pipe. Divide this into portions and mix in food colors to it.

Fill them in plastic cones and pipe them on your cookies as you like. Allow this to dry for an hour on wire rack.

The icing would harden up and give a beautiful look to your cookies :)

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Tips:

I dint have the ginger bread man cookie cutter to cut this out. But never mind, I simply drew the figure on a paper and cut it out cleanly. Kept it on the rolled dough and cut out the outline using a knife. It is definitely a little tedious, but worth in times of emergency :)

You can simply sprinkle some sugar on top of the cookies, press it a little and bake them to make sugar cookies.

Mix in some powdered food color to the granulated sugar and sprinkle to give it a colorful look.

You can pack individual cookies in plastic covers and gift them to your friends ;)

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Written by: Nithya
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57 comments:

Prathibha said...

It really refreshed my school n college days...Those days used 2 b fun for sure....:)
Happy Frenship day Nithi..:)
These cookies r too good for d celebration and I loved the fact you dint use a cutter for the cookie,well done dear..
congrats on ur 4L hits as well..:)

Priti said...

Wish you same Nithi ...those were the days :) ...cookies looks so cute...not using cutter again is wonderful..Congrats on your high number of hits ..great going

Pushpa said...

Happy Friendship day Nithya.Cookies look absolutely adorable and the presentation is superb.

Santosh Bangar said...

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY TO U UR POST IS REALY REPRESENT THE CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP
COOKIES FAFULOUS

Santosh Bangar said...

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY TO U UR POST IS REALY REPRESENT THE CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP
COOKIES FAFULOUS

Sayantani said...

happy friendship day Nits. the cookies look great dear.

veena said...

Happy Friendship day Nitts!! and all ur friends there as cookies look cute ! ur flags also looks fabulous..so is ur patience :)

Anuradha said...

Happy Friendship Day!!! very cute boys and girls in the form of biscuits! You are a bundle of talents dear! Proud of u!

schmetterlingwords said...

Happy friendship day Nithya. That was very thoughtful of you to celebrate with all your blogger readers. Those cookies are sooo cute.... Without proper cookie cutter, you did a great!! job getting those perfect figures. Above all that, piping the icing over each and every cookie indeed shows your passion and patience. Am impressed. Keep up the good work :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely cookies apt for friendship day...U have a lot of patience the flag the cookie cut individually with the knife....Hats off!! Happy friendship day to u too Nithi!!

Lavi said...

Thats an Edible Wish!! Happy Friendship Day!

I have been demanding for ginger man cookie cutter, never thought of this idea! You are Great!

Vimitha Anand said...

Happy friendship day dear... The cookies look so cute. I would never bite into such a gorgeous cookie... Congrats on ur 4lac hits...

Pavithra said...

Lovely write up Nithi..Happy Friendship day to you !!! Cookies looks wonderful ...absolutely adorable. Keep going !!!

kitchen queen said...

a very happy friendship day and the cookies look very lovely and cute.

Priyas Feast said...

Happy friendship day to you too...Cute Cookies :)

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Happy friendship day to you Nithya,Cookies looks Awesome and yum:)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow one more creation from nithi,loved it...Happy Friendship day dear...Enjoy!!!

Plateful said...

Happy friendship day, Nits! Glad to call you my friend!

Such lovely and cutie looking cookies to celebrate this special occasion. Once again, I'm bowled over by your skills, ahh!

Gayathri NG said...

Happy friendship day Nithi..Cookies r to good and perfect.I am happy on your 4L hits.
Great job.Congrats Nithi.I am admired ur creativty..

Suhaina said...

Happy friendship day to you too..amazing creativity dear,....love it.

GEETHA ACHAL said...

ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கின்றது...அழகாக செய்து காட்டி அசத்திட்டிங்க..

இனிய நண்பர்கள் தின வாழ்த்துகள்...

priya said...
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priya said...

ur cookies are adorable and very nice clicks too.. Happy friendship day dear

Smita Srivastava said...

A very happy friendship day to u too Nithya ...the cookies look so so cute , perfect for the celebrations...

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Happy Friendship day Nithi!!!!Wonderful cookies.Excellent presentation.

Rinku Naveen said...

Hope you enjoyed the Friendship Day!
Amazing Niths..Really admire your skills. Just lovely!

♥Aps♥ said...

lovely cutie cuties there.... happy friendship day to u too dear!! n congo's

Priya Sreeram said...

Nithya, trust u to turn somethg simple to exotic ; happy friendshipe day to u too-

Rekha shoban said...

Happy friendsip day!!super duper cookies..really they looks very cute....gud job!

Abhilash Menon said...

ohh girl :) you are amazing :)keep rocking.... all the best.

Varshini Sudharsan said...

nits...ur creativity has no bounds and you have earned those many hits :)

Hardwork does pay ..ur an example...keep rocking girl :)

I am loving those dolls-cookies...:)
Happy friendship day

RAKS KITCHEN said...

The cookies are so so cute Nithi and like every one said here, I too salute ur patience. Its so perfect too as if u have used cookie cutter! Mind blowing! Hope you had a great day :)

The Procrastobaker said...

Happy Friendship Day! What a lovely little recipe, a great go-to to have :)

Rumana Rawat said...

Happy friendship day dear.. and they look so cute:)

jeyashrisuresh said...

cute cookies and wonderful way of celebrating the day.Congratsand happy friendship day

Torviewtoronto said...

this is so cute Nithiya happy friendship day glad to be a friend :)

magpie said...

So cute! Love the cookies and the bunting too!

khushi said...

cute cookies :)...loved the presentation a lot..thanks for stopping by my blog and for those lovely words
A Girl's Diary

Tres Delicious said...

happy friendship day Nithya. Cute cookies, nice way to celebrate the day with. Congrats.

Vegetarian Zest said...

The cookies are too beautiful to be eaten. Loved your space.

Sobha Shyam said...

Happy friendship day dear, cute cookies, so innovative Nithya..

sangee vijay said...

belated friendship day wishes...wat to say no words u r so creative n talented n more than that u have lots of patience...too good.n the cookies are so beautiful n perfect for d celebration...mind blowing Niti !!! u r Rocking !!!

Vidhya said...

Cookies look so cute. Ia m sure I would preserve them rather than eat them as they look so adorable.

Aisha Jameel said...

wow! lovely blog dear with beautiful pics :) thx for stopping by my blog... will be following ur blog!
http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com

Zoe said...

These are very cute cookies! Happy Friendship Day to you too! You got a great blog and I'm happy to follow you for more of your interesting cooking!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Happy Friendship day...Cookies look adorable....Each cookies have come out perfect in shape....great work and patience too...Congrats on 4L hits..:)

Divya Kudua said...

Such cutie cookies Nithi!Belated Friendship day wishes:)

Nisa Homey said...

Happy belated friendship day dear....cookies looks perfect... so is ur clicks as always...congrats on ur high hits....keep rocking.

ANU said...

wow awesome job ...so much hark work dear....happy friendship day to u too!

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Kurryleaves said...

looks soo cute......great job dear...

Archana said...

Happy friendship day to you too. Lovely cookies. Love them.

Parita said...

Oh my these are so adorable! Love the color combination dear..lovely!

Ambreen said...

All I can say is " Marvelous". So cute & adorable cookies. I really want to give this a try, soon :)

Taste Junction said...

happy Friendship Day to you too!! These are just so nice! Great going :)

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

I really have no words.. awesome click and beautiful..

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

I really have no words.. awesome click and beautiful..

John Smith said...

This blog is a great source of information which is very useful for me.
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