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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!

February 9, 2010

Raisin n Nut Cookies

Yes, you guessed it right. I'm on a cookie baking spree. And the good thing is most cookies bake using the same basic recipe, unless you want to flavour the batter itself with something, like say....chocolate, in which case you would add cocoa to your batter. So this time I thought I'd get a little unhealthy and use all purpose flour and make cookies using almonds, cashews and raisins. I loved these a lot better than my Candy Cookies, thanks to the crunchy and chewy texture lent by the dry fruit and nuts. But I urge you to try both, since each have their own unique flavour.

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Ingredients1.5 Cup All purpose flour (Maida)
1.5 Cup of Confectioners Sugar
10 tbsp Unsalted butter (softened/at room temperature)
1 Egg (Whole, Beaten)
1 Egg White (Beaten along with the above whole egg. I think two eggs would be too much for 1.5 cups of flour, so I did this 1.5 egg thingie!)
1.25 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Slivered Almonds
3 tbsp Split Cashews
3 tbsp Raisins
(You can add any other variety of nuts that you want too!)

- Preheat oven to 350F
- Slightly toast cashews, slivered almonds and raisins for about 1 minute and set aside
- Sift the flour into a bowl
- Add butter and mix to form a crumb like mixture
- Add sugar, salt and baking powder and stir
- Toss in the vanilla extract and eggs and beat on low-medium speed until it forms a batter like consistency
- Roughly chop the toasted nuts and raisins mixture and add to the cookie dough and stir
- Make tiny balls out (about 3/4 inch diameter) and place on a greased baking sheet with at least 2 inches space between each cookie
- Place in preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are golden and the rims are light brown.
- Once baked allow to cool on a rack for a few minutes
- Serve warm with a fresh glass of milk or at tea time

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


  1. Hey deepthi..

    Luvly pics..:)!! took sum time off to browse..and remembered ur blog..;)....all of them looks sooo yummmy..:D..keep up the good work!! I simply luved these cookies...luv at first sight..:D...will have to try these..once iam back home!!


  2. Hey Archana...thanks for all that you have said! It only further motivates me to keep the blog up and running. Do try out these sweet treats and let me know how you like 'em!