Sunday, December 9

India: Christmas Cookies from Around the World 2007

Cookies are flying in fast. Click the map to see where they are coming from. Click here to see all of the cookies.

Submit your cookies from India, and you might win a copy of Sherry Yard's new cookbook. See details here.

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Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen from Kochi, India. Aparna shares a typical Christmas food enjoyed in Kerala, India: Achappam (Rose Cookies). "Achu" refers to the iron mold used to shape the cookies, and "appam" refers to the batter that is fried or steamed. Aparna's Achappam are a lovely cross between a rose and a snowflake and would be a beautiful addition to your Christmas table no matter where you live.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. These festive Iced Sugar Cookies are fun to make and delicious to eat. Passionate Baker says they are her "all time popular cookies that kids love." I know plenty of adults who would love them too.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba shares her recipe for Stained Glass Cookies that can also be used as Christmas tree decorations! Children would just love making these cookies then decorating their trees with them. Plus, they make a beautiful gift for adults too--hint, hint.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba shares a classic holiday cookie with a twist: Lime Shortbread Cookies. Rich, buttery shortbread is enlivened with tangy lime zest and lemon sugar for sprinkling. For an even more kid-pleasing version, she made chocolate shortbread sandwiches by placing a layer of ganache between two cookies! Who wouldn't love that (at any age)?

Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen from India. I got all excited when I read the name of Rachel's submission: Chunky Chocolate Cookies. My excitement was clearly warranted; they are made made with chocolate chips, brown sugar, and vanilla essence and look so plump and yummy that I'm resisting the temptation to run into my kitchen and bake them RIGHT NOW. I've got more free time on Saturday though....

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba shares her festively decorated Christmas Iced Cookies which would be a beautiful addition to any cookie tray. In true Christmas spirit, Deeba plans on baking another batch a little closer to Christmas so the children can use them to decorate a small Christmas tree. So sweet, just like Deeba.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba infuses buttery shortbread with fragrant orange zest in her Orange Shortbread Cookies. These festive star shaped goodies would put a smile on anyone's face, especially when drizzled with rich, melted chocolate.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba's Biscotti are so scrumptious that you won't even leave the crumbs behind. Made with olive oil, pistachios, currants, and chocolate chips, I would love to receive these biscotti as a Christmas present.

Nags of For the Cook in Me from Hyderabad, India. Nags loves the taste of rich, buttery sugar cookies, but she doesn't love the fat. So this year she tried a recipe for Low-Fat Christmas Sugar Cookies and was thrilled with how well they turned out. Low on fat and high on flavor--that would make anybody merrier.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. Deeba wanted to spice things up a bit. So she took traditional shortbread cookies and transformed them into Spicy Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies. By topping them with extra cinnamon and brown sugar, Deeba really perked up her shortbread this year.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from Gurgaon, North India. One of the merriest ways to bring holiday cheer into your home is to decorate your tree with Christmas Tree Ornament Cookies. Children will delight in making the cookies then seeing their creations on the Christmas tree. Oh, to be a kid again, and to be at Deeba's house.

Arundati from Escapades from Hyderabad, India. Arundati never would have believed that baking could be fun. That is, until she purchased The Cookie Book with over 300 recipes to choose from. Now she really does think baking is fun, which is good for us, since she is sharing a recipe for easy-to-make and delightfully festive Chocolate Pinwheels.

Who doesn't love milling around a bazaar full of unusual knick-knacks? After spending some time (and money) at the bazaar on St. James Street, Arundati came out with a treasure chest of baking tools. Of course she had to use them, so she made a heavenly cookie: Date and Fig Ravioli. No wonder why dates and figs were considered foods for the gods.

Sailu of Sailu's Food from India. Sailu has been baking and baking for several days straight so she can give her friends and family homemade gifts. They will be delighted when they receive their gorgeously wrapped packages and downright tickled when they taste the yummy cookies inside. Sailu's playfully named Eggless Tutti-Frutti Cookies are a festive, fruity twist on basic sugar cookies.

When you need an easy-to-make, pleasingly sweet cookie recipe, try Sailu's Eggless Corn Flakes Cookies. I figure since they're made with Corn Flakes, they can be considered breakfast food too. You might not want to tell the kids that though.

Sailu's Eggless Oats Cocoa Cookies are deeply chocolate-y and satisfyingly crumbly. Sailu says they taste even better with age. But you might have trouble finding out because these won't last very long.


Anonymous said...

Those Achappam are truly beautiful. My Italian grandmother used to make cookies called crespelle that were molded on an iron and fried. These remind me of them so much. Thank you for sharing them. -Geena

Anonymous said...

Wow this is excellent and very funny actually I was thinking to look for the recipe, christmas just pas but I don't care really I don't even believe in christmas, anyway thanks for sharing, I like your blog.