Besan Nankhatai/Gram Flour cookies

Nankhatais are the traditional short bread kind of cookies which is popular in India.These cookies are made out of a combination of gram flour,all purpose flour and semolina with butter or ghee with the flavor of cardamom.I got this recipe from one of my neighbor's MIL long back(may be 5years),I have been baking these cookies years and always comes out perfect.Today is the last day of blogging marathon#11,now on to the recipe....


Besan/gram flour/kadalamaavu1/2cup
All purpose flour(maida)1/3cup
Salta pinch
Baking sodaa generous pinch
Cardamom powder1/2tsp
Almonds and pistachios(sliced)2tsp to garnish


                    Mix in together all the flours,baking soda,salt and cardamom powder.Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Now cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy,add in the flour mixture and mix it well to make a soft dough.
Now divide the dough into equal portions and smooth out each portion and make a round ball then slightly flatten it.Make a cross with a knife or fork on the flatten dough.
Press few pieces of nuts gently.Arrange it on a greased or lined baking try and bake it for 10-12 minutes or golden color at 375 F.Cool it on a wire rack.
Store it in an air tight container.

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Banana Nut Muffins

Muffins are my son's favorite breakfast with milk and especially he loves the banana flavor.Whenever I have over ripe bananas, make this one for the next day breakfast or snack.This is the first time I made egg-less version and can be made in 30 minutes,doesn't need any special ingredients.Today is the 6th day of blogging marathon#11,here goes the recipe for egg-less delicious muffins.....


All purpose flour11/2cups
Banana (mashed)2no.(large)
Vanilla extract(optional)1/2tsp
Walnuts(finely chopped)3tsp
Salta pinch
Baking powder1tsp
Baking soda1/2tsp


             Preheat the oven to 350 degree F,mix together flour,salt,baking powder and baking soda.
Cream the butter,oil,sugar,mashed banana,vanilla extract in a bowl with a hand blender until fluffy and light.
Now slowly add the flour  and fold it well until everything gets blend well with a spatula,
Stir in the chopped walnuts,grease the muffin tray or line it with liners.
Spoon the batter into each cup of the muffin pan or tray and bake in the preheated oven for 20-23 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean.Cool it in the cooling rack.
Muffins are ready.

  • Instead of butter and oil,vegetable shortening can be used.
  • Finely chopped pecans can also be added.
  • The amount of sugar can be increased or decreased according to the taste.
  • If the batter is thick and not in a dropping consistency add couple of tbs of milk.

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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are filled with jam or jelly in the indent made by the thumb on the cookies which is perfect for holiday baking and today is the 5th day of blogging marathon.These cookies are simply delicious and crispy,soft,mouth melting with the sweetness of the jam or jelly also called as thimble cookies,here goes the recipe .....


All purpose flour1cup
Strawberry jam2tbs
Vanilla extract1/2tsp
Salta pinch
Baking powder1/2tsp
Baking sodaa pinch


                 Mix in the dry ingredients flour,baking powder,soda and a pinch of salt.
Cream the butter and sugar till it becomes fluffy and smooth,add in the vanilla extract and mix it well.
Now add in the flour 1/4 cup at a time and mix it well everything is incorporated well.
Now the dough will be very soft.Wrap it in a polythene wrap or butter paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.Take out the dough and divide into equal balls and smooth it gently,keep it on the baking tray.
Gently press the top of the cookie with the thumb and fill in the jam.Bake it at 350 F for 10-13 minutes.Cool down on a wire rack completely.
Store it in an air tight container.

  • The cookies will be soft when it is hot and becomes crisp on cooling,take out from the oven after 10-12 mins.
  • The smooth out balls can be rolled in finely chopped nuts which gives extra rich taste.
  • Keep the cookies on the baking tray 2 inch apart.
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  5. Christmas Delicacy

Peanut Butter Cookies

For the 4th day of blogging marathon I made the peanut butter cookies which is my son's favorite cookie.This is an easy to make egg-less peanut butter cookies which is simple and crunchy with the flavor of peanut.This cookie I learned it from my close friend and when I made it first time I was not quiet happy with the texture,it was bit hard.But this time it came out perfect and now to the recipe....


All purpose flour2cups
Butter/Vegetable shortening1cup
Peanut butter3/4cup
Vanilla extract1/2tsp
Salta pinch
Baking powder1tsp
Baking soda1/2tsp

                      Preheat the oven to 375 degree F and grease the baking tray or line it with a parchment paper.
Beat the butter,sugar first then peanut butter until soft and creamy.
Now add the flour,salt,baking powder and soda and mix it well.Add the milk and stir it well till everything mixed well.
Roll the dough to a smooth ball,keep it on the baking tray 1 inch apart and flatten with flour dusted fork.Bake it for 15-17 minutes(mine took exactly17 mins) or till golden color.Cool it on a wire rack.
Peanut butter cookies are ready.


  • I used white sugar which can be substituted with brown sugar.
  • The amount of peanut butter can be increased up to 1cup.
  • Instead of milk,butter milk can be used.
  • For extra sweetness the balls can be rolled in the sugar before flatten it.
  • For the given measurements ,I got 35 cookies.

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Icebox Cookies

                           Wishing you all a Happy Christmas

Icebox cookies are often called as refrigerator cookies,since the cookie dough is rolled into a log and refrigerated till it becomes firm then sliced and baked.

The original recipe is with egg,candied cherries since my family doesn't like the smell of cherries I made it with candied orange peel once for my son's party in school without nuts and eggs(due to allergy).To replace the eggs I used baking soda and used an extra pinch of baking powder,milk.Today I made this cookies with tutty frutty and pistachios,these cookies are simply addictive,crunchy,perfect for holiday baking.Here goes the recipe...


All purpose flour1cup
Butter/Vegetable shortening1/2cup
Tutty frutty3tbs
Vanilla extract1/2tsp
Salta pinch
Baking powder1/2tsp+a pinch
Baking soda1/8tsp


                               In a bowl add the sugar and butter,beat it until creamy and fluffy with an electric hand blender.Add the vanilla extract and blend it.Now add in the flour mixture and milk,mix it until it forms a dough with the blender.Add the pistachios and tutti frutti and fold it till it gets evenly distributed.
Now smooth out and roll the dough into a log on a parchment paper or butter paper and wrap it,keep it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
After an hour take out from the refrigerator and slice it to 1/4 inch thickness with a sharp knife,arrange it on a baking tray.Bake it for 10-12 minutes at 375 F or until golden,remove and cool it on a wire rack completely.
Store in air tight container.
  • Keep the cookies on the baking tray at least 1 inch apart since the cookies raise it needs enough space.
  • Dried cranberries can also be added and use a sharp knife for slicing.
  • Take out from the oven once its golden color or after 10 minutes of baking even if it is soft,it becomes crispy once its cool down completely.
  • Keep the sliced cookies in the refrigerator,if the cookies needs to be baked in 2-3 batches.
  • If the dough is crumbly add couple of tbs of milk to get it soft.
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