First of all, a very happy and prosperous Diwali to all my blog readers…..I wish you, all the happiness and success in your life….
This is for the first time we are not at home in India for Diwali…. It is one festival we always celebrate with great pomp and fare…. I would start preparing at least 10 days before the Diwali day; cleaning the entire house thoroughly would be the first thing to do…. My hubby dread this part as he is also expected to help me with the bed boxes and the lofts….LOL….. Then came the making of the dry snacks….And as I have always seen my mom making big baskets full of mathries, shakkerpare, chivda mix and a lot of other snacks, I want to keep the tradition going….
I always painted my diyas….And felt proud when they were appreciated…They were always better than any store bought ones….
And the best was the shopping part…I would buy bed sheets and cushions covers for the house and new cloths for all of us….Gifts for friends and family….lots and lots of crackers….
Oh I am missing home….
But this year is a different story…..We are living in a service apartment with minimum supplies and no friends and family around….So the enthusiasm is on a break this year….
But then Diwali cannot just go away like that….So I made these sugar cookies , which I have never made for diwali before….They always adorned the table on Christmas….To give the cookies a Diwali touch ,I made them in the shape of diyas and rangoli….I didn’t had a diya shaped cookie cutter so I made my own template from card board…So here it is….
All you need is
For the cookies
All purpose flour – 230 gm
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Butter – 115 gms
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Confectioner’s sugar – 100 gms
Egg – 1
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
For royal icing
Egg white – 1
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Confectioner’s sugar – 1 & 1/2 cups
Method of preparation
In a bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda.
Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla extract and whisk till mixed.
Do not over mix other wise the cookies will not keep the shape while baking.
Add flour and mix to make a soft dough.
Divide the dough in two equal parts and wrap each part in cling film.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Slightly flour the surface and roll the dough to 1/8 inch in thickness.
Cut the desired shape from the dough using cookie cutters or hand made templates.
Refrigerate the cut cookies for 10 minutes.
Bake for 9 minutes, till the edges are lightly browned.
Cool on a cooling rack.
For the royal icing
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg white and lemon juice for a minute.
Sift the sugar and add to the egg mixture.
Whisk for 2-3 minutes.
You can add more sugar if the icing looks thin.
If the icing looks thick, add water drop by drop.
This icing starts to harden very soon.
So keep it covered when not using.
Decorate as you want to.
I made rangoli pattern and diya for Diwali…Be creative and make your own designs…The cookies were light and crisp….Bhavye kept asking for more and by the evening got high on sugar….:)
Once again a very happy Diwali to you guys….Enjoy and be safe…..