Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chewy Dates Cookies

These are the simple dates cookies or biscuits adapted from Divya's blog.I did not make any changes except bake at a reduced temperature and got the chewy filling dates cookies perfect with a cuppa.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour :2 cups
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Salt: pinch (avoid if using salted butter)

Cold Butter: 4 tbsp (I used salted)

Chopped Dates: 1/2 cup + as needed
Sugar: 1/4 cup + taste

Milk: 8-12 tbsp

Melted butter or Sugar for topping

Preparation:
In a big bowl mix together flour,baking powder and salt. Add in cold crumbled butter and mix to resemble coarse sand or bread crumbs.Mix in chopped dates and sugar and adding milk knead to form a dough.

Roll out the dough into a thin sheet and using cookie cutters of choice cut into shapes.I did not roll the dough.I found that the I had added a bit more milk than necessary and the dough was a bit sticky.So I patted it with hands to form a thin circle and then tried to cut out shapes.And for the second batch I simply pinched pieces and flattened them into circles.

Place the shaped dough pieces onto a lined baking sheet.Glaze the top with melted butter or sprinkle with sugar as I did.I had used salted butter and wanted more sweetness.So I topped with sugar.This is completely optional.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 12-15 minutes or until the top start to brown.Cool for a few minutes and enjoy with yout tea/coffee.

My cookies turned out to be chewy and filling and my daughter loved it even without the sugary topping.The cookies were soft and chewy and very slightly crunchy.The original recipe went for baking these at 450F for 10 minutes and got very crunchy cookies.But mine thanks to the extra addition of milk and lower temperature turned out to be soft and chewy.Hope Divya does not mind this change.


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