Friday, August 27, 2010

CHOCOLATE CASHEW COOKIES AND A WINNER FOR THE PRINT GIVEAWAY



Thanks to the Foodbuzz community these cookies made the Top 9 on 30th August 2010. Happy Buzz Day.

Dreams are strange creatures. You close your eyes again in the hope of dreaming on. Because you want to know how it ends. Like a good movie. But it never does does it? The quest for the complete dream with a beginning, a middle and an end always eludes us. I guess chasing the dream is very much like chasing the 'best ever' cookie recipe. It's endless.

So in my quest, this is another new cookie recipe for the festive season. I will still bake the same old good old but there is always room for the new cookie recipe.  This time it is a chocolate cashew sugar cookie. I got the idea from here at Fake Food Free but made them from an adapted sugar cookie recipe.

It was chocolaty but I think it needed more cashews.  




The recipe ~

6 oz plain flour
2 oz cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
4 0z  butter
6 oz castor sugar
About 2-3 oz cashews or however much you like, chopped quite finely (I did not measure this)
1 egg 
1 tsp vanilla essence


Sift flour, cooca and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in butter until like fine breadcrumbs. Mix in sugar and as much cashews as you like (leaving some to roll the dough logs in afterwards), add beaten egg and mix until it forms a dough. B ring the dough together with your hands pressing gently until it comes together to form a firm ball of dough.


Roll dough into cylinders or logs in the size you prefer. Roll to coat the logs in crushed or chopped cashews. Chill in the refrigerator and when firm slice into thin rounds.


Bake at 190 C on greased baking trays for 10-12 minutes.




Aaaaaaanndd.................the winner of my Print Giveaway by Brochures Printing Online (by random.org) is........number 18 (I still can't figure out a way to copy and paste the winning number).


Chisum's Crew you're the winner :-)!!!


36 comments:

Federica said...

deliziosi questi biscotti!!complimenti!!!!ciao!!

busygran said...

Very chocolatey crunch! Love it!

Linda said...

These look just yummy! Zurin you are a master baker for sure!

Anncoo said...

WOW Zurin! That chocolate cashew cookies look so delicious and crunchy too. I must bookmark it and make it for the kids school holiday.

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

those are really really pretty Zurin.

I'll need to give them a go sometime

Joy said...

Great cookie recipe.

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Paula said...

looks great!

Sophie said...

Waw, Zurin!!

these rolled cookies look the best!!

Amazing cookies & congrats to the winner! yeah!

Greets from Brussels!

Pam said...

I love the look of those cookies!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Yes, I have also discovered that you can't go back to sleep and hope to continue with the same dream... how frustrating! The cookie looks really dark and chocolatey, it must taste good.

Allie said...

Beautiful pictures! These cookies look so delish :)

Clare @ Mrs Multitasker said...

They're so pretty zurin =) And they look just like the pretty bag of cookies I saw recently at a bakery in the resort I stayed in, in Phuket. I think you can sell your stuff!

Angie's Recipes said...

Zurin, excellent photography! Chocolate and cashew are definitely born to be together!

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi zurin,
Your chocolate cookies looked so good! How did you manage to have it so round? I can never, never roll it so round. It's so pretty and nice!

pigpigscorner said...

The cookies look so pretty! Love the colour combi...

Emily said...

Congrats on making the Top 9! These cookies look utterly fantastic, I just might have to try this recipe out! I have almost all the ingredients on hand right now, but no cashews! Nuts! (pun intended!)

Percicilan said...

I will definitely try this for biskut raya!!!

natasya said...

Zurin, I don’t mean to be rude. Perhaps it was a typo error, if the ingredients are already measured in oz, gm need not follow.

zurin said...

Natasya, Yes it was definitely a typo error. :) otherwise I wld have done the same to the other measurements. :DDDD thanks for pointing out.

Cathy said...

Your cookies looks yummy, Zurin. I like to keep several rolls of cookie dough in the freezer so I always have freshly baked on a moments notice. Love the chocolate - cashew combination.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron

Momgateway said...

can't wait to try these!

Cakebrain said...

ooh! chocolate & cashews! I never even thought to use cashews in cookies because I always eat them before they can make it into anything baked! what a great idea!

AmandaRose said...

Those cookies look amazing! I love chochlatie cookies just like the ones I made here http://dafoodieadventures.blogspot.com/

AmandaRose said...

Those cookies look amazing! I love chochlatie cookies just like the ones I made here http://dafoodieadventures.blogspot.com/

Klod said...

foto bellissime e biscotti favolosi! Davvero brava! Complimenti!!

Cooking Gallery said...

Excellent presentation and I really love cookies made this way, because it looks so neat :).

Barbara said...

Love those cookies, Zurin. So dark and chocolatey!

Emily Z said...

I made these today and posted them! Although mine do not look NEARLY as good as yours do! Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe! http://ezsrecipes.com/2010/09/03/chocolate-cashew-cookies-2/

Joyce said...

Congrats on top 9! Your cookies look amazing and I'm sure they taste great!

Passionate About Baking said...

zurin,
Thanks very much for dropping by my blog and sharing with me how to shape it so round. Really appreciate the effort! :)

mysouscalledvide said...

Just made these, and they came out great! I made a few alterations to the recipe that I wanted to share:

1. Used sliced almonds instead of cashews (They worked great, that's what I had on hand.)
2. Added 1 tsp. salt (I've had these before, and the saltiness always stuck in my mind so I added it)
3. In the recipe, it doesn't say where to add the cocoa powder. I went ahead and sifted it in with the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. I had a hard time getting the right consistency by hand. I ended up putting the flour, baking powder, cocoa, salt, and butter into my food processor to get it to a sandy consistency. Then I took it out and did the rest by hand.

I also used a very high-quality cocoa powder which I think makes them extra delicious. I can't wait until Christmas when I can make them for gifts and eat the leftovers! Thanks!

zurin said...

mysouldcalleddivide,

Im so glad you tried and that it turned out great.

I apologize for the lack of instructions. Totally my mistake. I have added on and I hope future readers will find it complete. Tq for pointing out.

Yes indeed salt wld give it a kick and that added flavour. I must try that next time and good ingredients always make the cookie! :))

The dough really needs to be brought together with your hands. Its crumbly and the food proccesor really doesnt help in this case. I shd have mentioned that too. Glad you worked it out.

tq again for being so helpful :)really appreciate it.

Tamanna said...

oh my....these days with my sweet tooth i can eat all of these! looks gorgeous

food for thought said...

i am seriously salivating... its early in the morn and you have my taste buds primed for the day!

i miss you at ff., i hope you will come back and dazzle me again :-) i read a book about fairies, it makes me sad i can do nothing compared to you, i won't even try... i still peek in on your cake, often, you just enchant me!

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