Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sugar cookies { Diwali diya and rangoli }

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- 1tsp
confectioner's sugar-11\2 cups

Method of preparation

For cookies

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 350 degrees
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.....


  1. kudos to ur festive spirit, the cookies look so cute :) Happy Diwali!

  2. cookies look sooo cute....
    Happy Diwali!!!

  3. Funny that I baked diya shaped butter cookies y'day. Thought didn't dress them up like urs. They look heavenly good. Very nice creative touch. Happy Diwali.!

  4. beautiful cookies and decoration
    happy diwali

  5. those cookies looks super cute and love the way u dressed them up.... they look super cute to eat....

  6. wow!! very beautiful & colourful!!

    & Wish you a Happy Diwali!!!!

  7. Wow! the cookies look so good. Happy Diwali!

  8. cookies look awesome... fabulous decoration..

  9. beautifull nd well decorated cookies..perfect one for celebration..

  10. Happy Diwali to you and family, Neha..hey your cookies look so professionally done, I am impressed! What happened to your Daring Bakers' sign-up, did you hear back from them?

  11. Wishing you and your family a happy diwali...Awesome looking cookies..

  12. Amazing...These are so beautiful, I think I will use them for decoration than eating!

  13. Happy Diwali dear..
    Cookies look very festive,yummy n innovative..
    Amazing creativity girl..keep it ip..

  14. Omg,marvellous sugar cookies, fantastic and adorable..

  15. Superb looking cookies..Happy Diwali..

  16. Very creative, adorable and lovely cookies, thumbs up for the outcome, I simply love seeing the pics over and over again, can't stop admiring.

  17. Wow!! these ones looks great...hope you had a fabulous diwali..

  18. awesome...most beautiful cookies I've ever are awesome!

  19. hey !!
    its my first time on your blog. you have a beautiful space here !
    wonderful recipes. will be following u now :)

    Check out my blog as well

  20. All design were cute and the perfect part was its color combination i love them all. Diya's are the main part to decorate in diwali.


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