Thursday, December 9, 2010


1) Plain flour--2 and 1/2 cups

2) Sugar--1 cup measured and then powdered

3) Softened unsalted butter--1cup

4) Eggs --2

5)Vanilla essence--1/2 tsp

6)Cinnamon powder--1/2 tsp heaped

7)Cardamom Powder--1/2 tsp heaped
8)Extra powdered sugar for dusting the hot cookies--1/4 cup sifted with a pinch of both the spices plus 1/4 cup plain sugar powder( altogether 1/2 cup)

9) Chopped cashewnuts--1/2 cup(optional)

Sift the flour with the spices and a pinch of salt . Stir in the chopped cashew nuts...Beat butter with powdered sugar till pale ..Add vanilla essence and eggs one by one and beat again till fluffy.. Mix in the plain flour to form a dough..Do not knead the dough too much.. If the dough is too soft to handle cover with cling film and refrigerate for some time..But do not add more flour... Roll out and cut into shapes using cookie cutters of christmas theme..Bake in a preheated oven(170 degree) for 23 minutes or till light brown.. Remove from oven and dust the hot cookies with spiced powdered sugar .. Let the cookies cool down completely.. Dust again with the remaining plain sugar powder.