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June 18, 2012

ALMOND COOKIES–NO EGG NO BUTTER

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This is my second post on cookies. After trying multi grain nankhatai , i got the confidence of making varieties of cookies.I got this recipe from here..Thanks a lot anu , it tasted very well Smile. We loved it so much. I have done this thrice so far. When i tried this recipe for the first time i dint have butter in hand. So i just replaced the butter with cooking oil doubtfully. But to my surprise ,it tasted great.I started making it with cooking oil every time. I halved the original recipe and tried for the first time , but then i perfected the recipe for smaller quantity.Here i’ve given the recipe for small quantity which yields around 10 biscuits. It gets finish off in no time , try this ..U’ll come to know Winking smile . Two readers from Sweet n Spicy mobile app tried this biscuit with wheat flour and liked it very much.Here is what they quoted:

"amazing.. yummy n awesome... evryone loved it... made two batches on first day itself... 4 stars" -  Ayfoona311

"Tis s my 1st cookies.. luckly i dnt ve maida @home.. i substitue wit wheat flour i added raisins too.. came out crispy n tasty.. i cant believe myself.. really wonder tat my hand done a cookies... :-):-) 5 stars" -  Krithiga2232 


INGREDIENTS
  1. All purpose flour /Maida – 1/2 cup
  2. Almond / Badam – 1/3 cup
  3. Sugar – 1/2 cup
  4. Cooking oil – 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
  5. Honey – 1 tsp (optional)
  6. Vanilla essence – 1/4 tsp
  7. Salt -  a pinch
  8. Cooking soda – a pinch

METHOD
  • Take the all purpose flour in a wide bowl and mix the salt , cooking soda & vanilla extract.
  • Microwave almonds for 1- 2 mins to roast it. Almonds start to crackle and nice aroma wafts around.
  • Remove the almonds and allow it to cool. Powder it nicely. U can powder the sugar along with almonds. (ie. run the almonds and make it to a coarse powder, then add the sugar and grind it well ..)
  • Mix this mixture to the all purpose flour and add the cooking oil.
  • Make it into a soft , non sticky dough. This dough would be crumbly in texture.
  • Roll it tightly. Pinch a small ball sized dough and flatten it with ur palm. Cracks may appear. Just seal the cracks with ur fingers by patting it in the sides.
  • In the meantime preheat the oven for 10 mins in 180c convection mode.
  • Take the baking tray or cookie pan and arrange the cookies with an inch gap. Cookies will raise and spread a little.
  • Bake it in convection mode at 180c for about 20 – 22 mins. Time depends upon ur MW setting. Please have an eye after 10 mins. Remove once the top starts browning.
  • It will be very soft to touch immediately after baking. Take out the tray.Don’t try to remove the cookies. Let it cool down completely in the tray itself. Then remove it.It would become  crispy and hard..
  • Keep the remaining dough covered.Do the same procedure from steps 7-9.
  • Store it in an air tight container after it cools down.
Enjoy the cookies with tea/ coffee !!

My first attempt picture :)
almond cookies


TIPS
  1. Honey is optional to use.I used honey for the first time but then i completely forgot it the next time. There is no difference in taste or texture.
  2. U can replace honey with golden syrup as mentioned in the original recipe.
  3. If u want to use butter in place of cooking oil , add 4 tbsp ( 60 gms) of melted butter.
  4. U can reduce the oil and add little water if necessary.
  5. Please do not add milk because the cookies turns soggy the next day.
  6. Mild cracks will be there in the cookies. Its unavoidable. so don’t panic.
  7. Here i’ve ,mentioned the almonds to grind nicely. U can also coarse grind the almonds as given in the original recipe. U’ll get small pieces of almonds while eating which also tastes good. I had tried in that way too.U can c the cookies in the second picture in which i coarse ground the almonds.
  8. I added equal amount of roasted walnuts and almonds and tried once. Try if u wish. Smile


almond cookies


HEALTH BENEFITS
Source:http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html
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The health benefits of almonds include getting relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, hearth disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. It also helps in hair care, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.
It is a rich source of vitamin E,calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Almonds contain the most nutrients in comparison to all other nuts.

Both sweet and bitter almonds are available. Usually, sweet almonds are edible and bitter almonds are used to make almond oil, which is used to add flavor to food. Almonds are usually eaten raw, but people also add them as ingredients in salads. Almond milk is a delicious drink.
You can eat almonds directly, preferably eat it empty stomach to ensure absorption of their nutrients. You can soak them in water overnight and eat in the morning. You can also garnish various dishes with crushed almonds.
Almonds are also known to have great medicinal value. Few of the benefits of almonds are given below.
  • Good for brain: Almond is a source of many nutrients which help in development of the brain. Almond induces high intellectual level and has been considered as an essential food item for growing children. Many mothers give almonds soaked in water to their children daily in the morning (2-3 pieces of soaked almonds are good enough, you can also remove the outer shell if it causes allergy to you.
  • Regulates cholesterol: Regular consumption of almonds helps to increase the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL), thereby effectively controlling cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol.
  • Good for heart: Mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. The presence of magnesium in almonds helps to avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce C-reactive protein which causes artery-damaging inflammation. Almond is also a source of folic acid. They therefore help to reduce the level of homocystein, which causes fatty plaque build up in arteries.
    • Skin care: The benefits of almond for skin care are well known, and hence a massage with almond oil is often recommended for new born babies. Almond milk is also added in some soaps as almonds help in improving the complexion of the skin.
    • Regulates blood pressure: Potassium present in almond helps to regulates blood pressure. Almonds are very low in sodium which also helps in containing blood pressure.
    • Prevention of cancer: Almond improves the movement of food through the colon, thereby preventing colon cancer.
    • Protection against diabetes: Almonds also help in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals. This offers protection from diabetes.
    • Good in pregnancy: Almond contains folic acid. Folic acid helps to reduce the incidence of birth defects in newborn babies.
    • Weight loss: Unsweetened almond milk helps one to reduce weight. The mono-saturated fat contained in almonds satisfies appetite and prevents over-eating. Studies have revealed that almond rich low calorie diet is good for obese people to assist in shedding their weight.
    • Prevention of constipation: Almonds are rich in fibre. Like most other fibre rich food, almonds also help in preventing constipation. Make sure you drink good amount of water after eating almonds.
    • Boosts energy: The presence of manganese, copper and Riboflavin helps in energy production.
    One avoids the risk of Alzheimer's disease by consuming almonds. But just like any other food, even almonds have their cons. They contain oxalates and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization. So people having kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds.




30 comments :

  1. I like your cup. :)
    and of course cookies are too inviting. :)

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  2. Lovely cookies and wonderful presentation!

    Cheers!
    Vani

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  3. The cookies look so crunchy and delicious. Will try soon

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  4. yummy cookies! loved the recipe without butter ..

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  5. delicious dear...inviting you to join Street Party Food event in my blog.

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  6. these are really guilt free cookies....looking so crunchy...

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  7. Crispy & guilt free treats!!!
    Prathima Rao
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  8. Sounds delicious and healthy.

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  9. almonds cookies looks very delicious. awesome

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  10. guilt free healthy cookies,Chitra..perfectly done!!

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  11. Sounds inviting and looks delicious and healthy....

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  12. delicious cookies, inviting pictures too...
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  13. Super tempting,delicious and incredible cookies..

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  14. I have been trying to replace butter while baking and have been fairly succesful with brownies and cakes but cookies and bars have always resulted in failure. I see some hope with this recipe. Will bookmark and try it out for sure.

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  15. Perfect cookies for teatime!

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  16. Super yummy cookies, looks so inviting.

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  17. Perfect and yummy delicious bake Chitra, eggless n butterless makes them even better. Lovely pics too :)
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  18. Yummiest cookie dear. Looks very perfect.

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  20. Hi Chitra,

    Feels happy to know that you have tried the cookies and like it too :) Lovely clicks! The tea cup is very delicate and beautiful ;)

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