Cardamom and Fig Thumbprint Cookies

I love jam cookies. I have previously posted coconut jam cookies on the blog, and whenever I make them I have a tough time controlling myself from finishing the entire batch.

If you have been following me on instagram, you might remember me mentioning about the shoot I did for Gimme Emporium, a local Dallas based business. After the shoot Tina and Jessica, the owners, sent me home with a few of their jams, including a bottle of fig jam, along with a lot of other amazing goodies.

Growing up I loved jam and toast, but nowadays I hardly ever buy jam because of the high sugar content and the different preservatives one finds in most store bought jams. Occasionally though I do still like warm toast with a little butter and homemade fruit preserve but those occasions are rare.

Since I knew V and I wont be eating toast and jam as much, I decided to make these wholewheat cardamom thumbprint cookies with the fig jam I got thanks to Gimme Emporium and am glad I did.

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Whole wheat nankhatai | The novice HousewifeDuring the weekend we met up with our friends and one of them mentioned how she had made nankhatai for evening tea the other day. And that how quick it was. I was reminded how I had not made these eggless indian cookies for a while now and thought I should.

So yesterday I made them from a recipe that I posted 4 years back. The previously posted nankhatai recipe is now updated with a printable version and you can check it out here. A few people have used the recipe to give as diwali gifts too . Since diwali is not any time soon, you can just bake them for a nice evening time snack. The hint of cardamom combined with rich taste of ghee, make this cookies a great tea time treat. Generally made with all purpose flour, I use whole wheat to make them a little healthier.

Besides talking about nankhatai, we had a great weekend. V was out the whole week for work and came back on Saturday. Three of his Duke friends were also in town for the weekend and it was two days filled with drinking, eating and lot of fun.

Coconut rice pudding at Malai Kitchen

Coconut rice pudding at Malai Kitchen

 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies| The Novice Housewife

There is not enough that I can say that would do justice to how good these chocolate crinkle cookies were. Crunchy exterior and almost a cake like interior and the perfect treat for any chocolate lover. Take my word for it and bake them today.

I have never had these cookies elsewhere but the texture of these always intrigued me and after I saw a few of my favorite IG accounts posting about them, I had to try them out.

I got the recipe off the America’s Test Kitchen Step By Step Holiday Baking Magazine. Its on their website as well and if cooking is your love their site is a good place to search for recipes. I tried a bunch of the magazine’s recipes during christmas- besides the chocolate crinkle cookies I tried their rosemary and olive bread and the british scones. All were great and made our christmas meals special.  You can see pictures of the food on my instagram account.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies| The Novice Housewife

While the cookies are relatively straight forward to make, they are a few points for a successful crinkle cookie that America’s Test Kitchen tells to keep in mind:

  • One is the use of both baking powder and baking soda.
  • Two, bake from dough that has been left at room temperature for ten minutes and not straight out of the refrigerator.
  • Three, using unsweetened chocolate keeps the cookies from being overly sweet
  • Four, roll dough in both granulated and confectioners’ sugar. The granulated sugar acts as a barrier that keeps the confectioners sugar from dissolving into the cookie while baking; thus resulting in crinkle tops with a black and white top.

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