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The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are originally from Austria. The name “Linzer” comes from the name of the city, Linz in Austria. This city is famous for the Linzertorte. It has a lovely, buttery yet light almond flavored pastry, filled with fruity preserves. The tart is then topped with a lattice pattern using the same pastry dough. 🙂 

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are made using the same recipe, just that they are cut out as cookies, two of these cookies are sandwiched together with some fruity jam or preserves. Also, the top cookie has small shape cut out in the right which is known as the Linzer eyes. The Linzer eyes shows off a tiny bit of the jam or the preserve inside, thus making these cookies look really dainty 🙂 (Information taken from foodreference.com)

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can be made with or without eggs. I’ve chosen to go eggless as always, the texture of these cookies turned out amazing. The flavor of these Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies is very delicate as the almond flour renders the most nuttiest aroma and gives it that bite! Almond meal/ flour takes the flavor to a whole another level.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are different from the egg free shortbread bread Linzer cookies that I posted last year. They are delicious, buttery and absolutely pretty too! You guys could make those if almond meal/ flour ain’t available.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can have any filling, though traditionally they have a raspberry or strawberry preserves/ jams. You could add some chocolate ganache, salted caramel. I have used my homemade 3 ingredient strawberry jam for these cookies.

Be sure to check out my top tips for the perfect cookies that never spread! Click here now.

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Let us start with these beauties, they seem a little involved but very easy!

Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don’t need to cream them until fluffy.

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Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.

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Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.

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Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.

Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.

Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.

Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180’c.

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Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180’c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180’c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.

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Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.

Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.

Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.

They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

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The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Delicious fruity jam/ preserves sandwiched between two buttery, almond shortbread cookies not only look so pretty and are absolutely scrumptious!  

Course Breakfast, Christmas, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 47 grams almond meal/ flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (110 grams)
  • 65 grams icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • powdered/ icing sugar to dust the cookies
  • 1/4 cup strawberry/ raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour  in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.


  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don't need to cream them until fluffy.


  3. Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.


  4. Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.


  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.


  6. Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.


  7. Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.


  8. Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.



  9. Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.


  10. Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.


  11. Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180'c.


  12. Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180'c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180'c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.


  13. Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.


  14. Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.


  15. Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.



  16. They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is so warm from the mild spices, a bit tart from the juicy cranberries and has a citrusy aroma from the oranges! These flavors come together so beautifully in this cake, making it the most perfect bake for the Holiday season! 🙂 

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is moist from the orange juice and the splash of milk. It keeps fresh for almost a week if stored correctly, wrapped in some cling inside an airtight container. This cake also makes for the best sort of edible gift for friends and family. Minimal efforts, for one thing and it is so pretty! I mean, you can make it look so Christmassy ;p All I did was dust the cake with some icing sugar for the fresh snowy look and took it from there as to how I wanted it to sit on my table 🙂 Easy, peasy and breezy!

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is also a great recipe for people who avoid baking boozy cakes or do not wish to soak the nuts and fruits in alcohol. This gets done in hour or so! I chose to add cranberries because the spices and the citrus flavors from the orange juice works well the tartness of the berries. However, you may replace those for prunes, raisins or some blueberries too! 🙂

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake has the most beautiful texture on slicing it down. This cake holds it shape and that makes it easy for the cake to travel! Besides, I love a slightly dense cake because the crumbs just make a big mess and a cake which is dry and crumbly is not a cake that I personally like!

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is to be baked low and slow. That is how you end up with that beautiful brown crust on the cake. However the top may dome a tiny bit, you can slice that right off so the you get a lovely flat top. You can then decorate the cake as you like or keep it plain.

A few other things you can bake for Christmas are
Egg free Tutti Frutti cake (Britannia Style)
Egg free Tutti Frutti cookies/ Karachi cookies
Vanilla Marshmallows
Chocolate Truffles (eggless)

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Let’s start.

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line the base of the tin with parchment paper/ baking paper and grease and dust the sides well.

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

In a medium size bowl, sieve together the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Set it aside. Dust the cranberries with some flour and set them aside.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me about 3-4 mins of whisking. Now add one egg at a time and whisk the butter and sugar mixture with the eggs until light and fluffy once again.

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Now, add the sieved flour mixture and milk in the egg-butter-sugar mixture alternately and fold the mixture with a silicon spatula. Do not mix with a heavy hand else all the air whisked in the eggs will escape. Then add the orange juice and the cranberries. Mix well.

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Pour the batter in the tin and bake @ 170’c using the lower heating rods/ coil for 60 mins approximately or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Note that every oven works differently so keep an eye on the temperature and the duration of the bake.

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

I prefer baking my cakes low and slow, low temperature takes longer to bake the cake but ensures it rises well without any cracks on the top.

Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and cool it on a rack for 15 mins in the tin, then unmould it and cool it for a further 30 mins. Dust the top with some icing sugar. Slice it and serve.

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

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Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is so warm from the mild spices, a bit tart from the juicy cranberries and has a citrusy aroma from the oranges! These flavors come together so beautifully in this cake, making it the most perfect bake for the Holiday season! 

Course Christmas, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 7 inch cake
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 nos. eggs @ room tempearture
  • 100 grams unsalted butter @ room tempearture
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • icing sugar to dust the cake optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180'c. Line the base of the tin with parchment paper/ baking paper and grease and dust the sides well.

  2. In a medium size bowl, seive together the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Set it aside. Dust the cranberries with some flour and set them aside.

  3. Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me about 3-4 mins of whisking. Now add one egg at a time and whisk the butter and sugar mixture with the eggs until light and fluffy once again.

  4. Now, add the seived flour mixture and milk in the egg-butter-sugar mixture alternately and fold the mixture with a silicon spatula. Do not mix with a heavy hand else all the air whisked in the eggs will escape. Then add the orange juice and the cranberries. Mix well.

  5. Pour the batter in the tin and bake @ 170'c using the lower heating rods/ coil for 60 mins approximately or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Note that every oven works differently so keep an eye on the temperature and the duration of the bake.

  6. I prefer baking my cakes low and slow, low temperature takes longer to bake the cake but ensures it rises well without any cracks on the top.

  7. Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and cool it on a rack for 15 mins in the tin, then unmould it and cool it for a further 30 mins. Dust the top with some icing sugar. Slice it and serve. 

Love,
Shreya💖

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Gingerbread Man Cookies (eggless, no molasses)

Christmas 🎄✨is so close and all I think about is what all I wish to bake for it😋 There’s plenty to be done…I have already finished doing a fair bit in whatever little time I have between so many things…I almost thought I’d have to skip it this year!

The one thing that was on my mind were these gingerbread man cookies!! ☃️☃️ I’ve had these cookie cutters for ages now and i was itching to put them to good use 😂 I mean, I did bake gingread cookies last year too but just regular round ones and hence didn’t even post them on the blog…not to forget, I had baked them for New Years!! Lol!! Well, there’s a good reason being a bit tardy…..will come to that shortly.

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Don’t they look crisp, all nice and crunchy!? Well that’s precisely why I didn’t mind waiting for an entire year to share the perfect recipe for an egg free, molasses free version of these cuties. I had tried a couple of recipes last year (I had more time then I guess to keep experimenting)…anyways I didn’t enjoy them as they had egg and also called for molasses. I found all the ingredients easily but maybe it was the flavour that wasn’t quite right. Or maybe it was me..I did something…I don’t know! Those cookies looked great even as a typical round, flat version but obviously they lacked the snap and crunch in every bite.

After hunting for another version which would be eggless and molasses free, I did stumble upon a great keeper of a recipe!

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The texture of these gingerbread man cookies is just how it’s supposed to be, crunchy and keeps fresh for upto 2 weeks in an airtight container. They have wonderful snap of them and the aroma…well it’s smells like Holidays in my home 😍 These best part, no electric heater or whisk is needed, no fancy equipments either…just make the dough and roll it out, use a cookie cutter of any shape you like, a star or some Christmas trees or even little mittens if you get hold of them. Bake these and ice them or enjoy them just like that.

Do read the recipe carefully before starting out. Also keep all the ingredients ready on the work surface, it will save you time and you will definitely avoid missing out anything important.

Also note that every oven works differently so please monitor trhe temperature and the baking time as per your oven. 

Yield: 16-18 cookies (I used medium sized cutters and rolled the dough a bit thick)

Equipment: a heavy bottomed saucepan, a wired whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a large mixing bowl, cling wrap, cookie cutters or knife (if you’re going for simply square or rectangular cookies), baking pan, parchment paper/ baking paper, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1+1/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 cup milk (you may need a bit extra)

2 tbsp corn syrup (use honey if you can’t find corn syrup but I have not tried honey in this recipe so far)

a few golden or silver sprinkles to decorate the gingerbread men cookies (I ran out of icing sugar🙄😑)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, seive together the flour, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and the baking soda. Set these aside.

Now, place butter, corn syrup, milk and sugar in the sauce pan and turn on the heat. Let the butter melt and the sugar dissolve completely on a low flame while stirring it continuously with a wired whisk. Once the sugar has melted, turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool for just 5-7 mins but not more as it thickens because of the corn syrup.

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Next, add this butter and sugar mixture into the sieved flour and spices. Mix well using the whisk. The dough will come together very easily, if not add just 1/2 teaspoon of milk and bring the dough together. If needed only then add a few more drops of milk. If you add too much milk, the dough will turn out to be extremely gluelike and won’t hold a good shape. 

Now, wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 10-15 mins. Please do not refrigerate the dough for longer as it will become too hard to roll out.

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Preheat the oven @ 180’c.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, place it between two sheets of cling wrap, dust it with very little flour and roll it out to a thickness of 4 mm approx (I like them thick, you can roll them to a thickness of 3 mm too). Use a cookie cutter or knife to cut them out.

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Line a baking pan/ tray with parchment paper or baking paper and place these cookies a little apart from each other on it. Push  the sprinkles in place where you want to make the eyes and smile for the gingerbread man. Or else do an icing later. The sprinkles won’t melt while baking or fall off later.

Tip: roll and cut all the dough at once because this dough gets a bit sticky. If you have a small oven and can bake only 10 cookies at a time, keep the remaining cut out cookies on a plate in the refrigerator until you have to bake them. Please do not freeze the dough, it will become rock hard and will not come to a good texture to roll them later.

Bake the cookies @180’c for 13-14 mins using the lower rod for the first 11 mins and the upper and the lower, both rods for the last 2-3 mins to ensure a good colour. (My cookies cracked a bit as some of the sugar wasn’t melted well , but they still turned out crisp and didn’t spread much).

Keep an eye while baking them. Cool them on a cooling rack. Click here to learn how to make and use eggless royal icing to ice and decorate any cookies.

So it’s the corn syrup that replaces molasses and makes these cookies crisp.

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Making this is a lot of fun and you can also include your kids while rolling the dough or icing the cookies later 😚

Love,

Shreya😍

Adapted from art of dessert.

Chocolate-Dipped Cinnamon Biscotti

Biscotti is a traditional Italian cookie which requires the dough to be shaped as logs, baked until done, then cooled a bit, sliced and baked again until crispy and crunchy! A perfect companion to your coffee. There’s no other way to describe it except – too good! 

Yes, if I may say so myself…this recipe is a keeper. Don’t hunting for other recipes of biscotti because you won’t need one if you try this recipe☺️ This has become my go to recipe for biscotti for the past year or so…and I bake them often!

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You can obviously make out how crunchy these are, but definitely not in a bad way! They are crunchy and yet very enjoyable. I will point a few basics that I learnt from this recipe after failing with a couple other recipes in the past.

Essentially, eggs are the only wet ingredients that are added to any biscotti recipe but adding butter or oil can make them richer with obviously a much better texture. This recipe called for oil too but I somehow didn’t like the after taste and hence skipped it after the first trial.

Eggs, yes I have used 1 and a 1/2 egg here…don’t be surprised. I always make half of what this original recipe specifies and trust me, the 1/2 egg is very essential (I realised that too with some trial and error) so do not miss that. However, if you’ve decided to half my recipe, I am not sure how the egg factor will work out! Or probably, ping me later and I will definitely come up with a way for you to do that too ☺️ Else, just use a really small egg.

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When I talk about my favourite flavour in a biscotti, I will always say Cinnamon! Else, you can even keep it simple by adding adding just vanilla extract, or if you like nuts, add some sliced pistachios or almonds in the dough. However, if you’re using almonds, do toast them slightly to avoid ending up with soggy nuts. The original recipe calls for brown sugar but I have always used regular castor sugar and I am perfectly happy with the flavour! We, my hubby and I love the flavour of dark chocolate hence, I have dunked these biscottis in some melted chocolate once they had cooled off completely. 😋

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Making biscotti takes time, it’s the baking twice that takes time and not making its dough. Getting the dough together is a quick mixing job, then this dough needs to be shaped into logs of deliciousness and then bakedonce…and another time too!! 😉

I have added a lot of step by step pictures as always …so you’re pretty much sorted! I don’t think you’ll have a difficult time going forward with it 😊

Yield: 12 cookies

Equipment: a rolling pin, cooling rack, baking tray, a large mixing bowl, a large serrated knife, parchment paper, measuring cups/ spoons, weighing scales (I have used it to measure everything to the last gram)

Ingredients:

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131 gms all purpose flour (maida)

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

100 gms castor sugar

30 gms cold and cubed unsalted butter

2 nos. eggs (follow my tip on this)**

1 tbsp milk (for the egg wash)

30 gms dark chocolate (morde) + 1 tsp butter – for dunking

Method: (I am using step numbers, there’s a reason, so follow the steps carefully)

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon powder, salt and sugar.

2. Add cold and cubed butter into the flour and sugar mixture. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the flour mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set it aside.

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3. Now in a small bowl, whisk one egg. Now remove half of the whisked into another bowl (Save the half whisked egg for egg wash).

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**Add one whole egg to the second bowl in which you have transferred half of a whisked egg. Now whisk this one and a half egg together. Add vanilla extract to the whisked eggs and whisk again.

4. Now add the whisked mixture of eggs and vanilla extract into the flour and butter. Use a large silicon spatula to mix until everything is well moistened but do not over mix.

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5. Now, sprinkle some flour in a large plate or the working surface. Place the dough on this floured surfaced and knead well for a few minutes. But keep enough loose flour around as this dough is super sticky so you’ll continuously need to dust the surface and your palms too.

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Dont worry about the dough even if it looks too sticky, it will all come together in a few minutes.

In the mean while, preheat the oven at 160’c.

6. Shape the dough as shown below and place it on a parchment lined baking tray. I had dusted the parchment paper with some flour too.

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7. We had set aside 1/2 a whisked egg aside, add 1 tbsp of milk to it and whisk again. Use it to Give an egg wash to the shaped dough.

8. Bake this shaped dough at 160’c for 20-25 minutes using the lower heating element. In the last 5 minutes of the baking time, turn on the upper heating elements to give a good colour to the top of the biscotti.

Leave the oven running at 140’c.

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9. Now, let this cool for about 15 minutes but not completely cold. Using a large serrated knife, cut it into 1.5 inch wide slices. Place them on the parchment lined baking tray as shown below.

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10. Bake the sliced biscotti on the first side for 7-8 mins. Then flip them over to bake the other side for another 5 mins. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before enjoying these crunchy treats with your favourite cuppa! 🤗

11. If you wish to dip them in chocolate too, melt together 30 gms of dark chocolate with 1 tsp of butter over a double boiler or in a microwave. Once the biscotti has cooled completely, dip one end of each biscotti in the melted chocolate, let them dry and then they are ready to serve! You can dip the entire biscotti in chocolate too, no one will judge you 😁

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These stay crunchy and fresh in an airtight container for about a week or so.

These can be amazing edible gifts this Holiday Season! 🎄🎁☃️

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Bourbons

Bourbons – everyone has loved these as kids or even as adults! It’s the intense chocolate flavor with the chocolate filling that makes Bourbons delicious!😁

Egg free Bourbons

Just dunk them in some warm/ chilled milk or have them on their own…I bet no one can stop at one! But the ones we have been buying from the stores can be a bit unhealthy as they use a lot of saturated vegetable fats when making them. So I wanted to try them at home…and I found the perfect recipe in one of recipe books which my hubby had gifted me sometime back..😘😎

Egg free Bourbons

I followed the recipe & the measurements to the T and the results are here for you to see! The best part of baking these was the look on my hubby’s face when I served them to him…he said they look like the store bought ones but taste better than them! 😬😬☺️ I knew this recipe is a keeper…

Let’s get baking!

In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar & butter until they are pale & fluffy. Then whisk in the honey. Then, sift in the flour, baking soda & cocoa powder. Now, mix all these together using a spatula until they come together and form a dough. You can add some milk to bring together the dough but not too much. I used approximately 2 tsp.

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Once the dough comes together, wrap it in some cling film and chill it for 30 minutes. (This step is added myself, as it makes it easier to handle the dough while rolling it out)

After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle some flour on  the kitchen surface/ rolling board & the rolling pin too. Begin rolling the dough to a thickness of about 4 mm. Cut the rolled out dough into strips of 2-3 cm & then cut these strips into 5-6 cm lengths. Prick these strips with a fork to make them resemble the original Bourbons. Now once again chill these strips for 10-15 minutes. (Again, a step added by me to make sure the biscuits do not spread as they bake).

Preheat the oven @ 190’C/ Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes. Remove the strips from the refrigerator and place them on a baking tray lined with aluminum sheet/ parchment paper. Bake them for 12-15 minutes. They will turn slightly darker around the edges as they cook. Once done, remove from the oven and let them sit on the cooling rack for 20-25 minutes. They will crisp up too. Never fill the bourbons while the biscuits are still warm. 

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To make the filling, cream together the butter, icing sugar & cocoa powder until they come together well. Add a few drops of milk if necessary to have a good spreadable consistency.

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Once the biscuits have cooled down, sandwich two 2 biscuits together using the filling and let them set for 30 minutes to an hour before serving these so that the filling firms up well. These biscuits keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Egg free Bourbons

Bourbons

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 14-15 bourbons

Bourbons - everyone has loved these as kids or even as adults! It's the intense chocolate flavor with the chocolate filling that makes Bourbons delicious!

Ingredients

    Bourbons-
  • 50 gm or 4 tbsp. softened unsalted butter (use Amul if you wish, just increase the quantity of sugar)
  • 50 gm or 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 110 gm or 3/4 cup APF (Maida) plus extra for dusting the rolling pin
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda/ bicarbonate of soda
  • 15 gm or 1+1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder (use a good quality cocoa for the rich chocolaty flavor)
  • 2-3 tsp milk (optional)
  • Filling-
  • 50 gm or 4 tbsp. softened unsalted butter
  • 100 gm or 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • a few drops of milk (optional)

Instructions

    Bourbons-
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar & butter until they are pale & fluffy.
  2. Then whisk in the honey.
  3. Next, sift in the flour, baking soda & cocoa powder. Now, mix all these together using a spatula until they come together and form a dough.
  4. You can add some milk to bring together the dough but not too much. I used approximately 2 tsp.
  5. Once the dough comes together, wrap it in some cling film and chill it for 30 minutes. (This step is added myself, as it makes it easier to handle the dough while rolling it out).
  6. After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle some flour on  the kitchen surface/ rolling board & the rolling pin too.
  7. Begin rolling the dough to a thickness of about 4 mm.
  8. Cut the rolled out dough into strips of 2-3 cm & then cut these strips into 5-6 cm lengths.
  9. Prick these strips with a fork to make them resemble the original Bourbons.
  10. Now once again chill these strips for 10-15 minutes. (Again, a step added by me to make sure the biscuits do not spread as they bake).
  11. Preheat the oven @ 190'C/ Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove the strips from the refrigerator and place them on a baking tray lined with aluminum sheet/ parchment paper.
  13. Bake them for 12-15 minutes. They will turn slightly darker around the edges as they cook.
  14. Once done, remove from the oven and let them sit on the cooling rack for 20-25 minutes.
  15. They will crisp up too. Never fill the bourbons while the biscuits are still warm.
  16. Filling-
  17. Cream together the butter, icing sugar & cocoa powder until they come together well.
  18. Add a few drops of milk if necessary to have a good spreadable consistency.
  19. Assemble-
  20. Once the biscuits have cooled down, sandwich two 2 biscuits together using the filling and let them set for 30 minutes to an hour before serving these so that the filling firms up well.
  21. These biscuits keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Notes

Fill the biscuits only they have cooled completely to avoid curdling the filling. Alternatively, you can also fill these biscuits with chocolate ganache.

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Egg free Bourbons

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Shreya💗

Adapted from a recipe book – Cookie Magic.

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