Monday, 16 July 2007

Pretty Cookies

A friend of mine, saw these cookies and said "Wow! these are like the biscuits I used to buy at Karachi Bakery, and I love them!". I was on cloud 9, at the very comparison of my cookies with the Karachi Bakery ones :)

Pretty Cookies - Cherry Knob

If you are familiar with Hyderabad, Karachi Bakery is sure to ring a bell. To those who don't know, here is some info about it.

Karachi bakery is established by Khanchand Ramnani in 1952 near Mozamjahi market in Hyderabad. It is known the world over for its excellent biscuits, which include Fruit biscuits, Cashew biscuits etc. They are often carried outstation as souvenirs from Shahi Hyderabad.
The aroma of bread and biscuits, which emanates from the bakery, compels one to peep into the bakery once.

Mozamzahi Market also hosts the time tested hyderabadi favourite IceCreams - Famous ice cream parlour which is the 65 year-old ice cream parlour and has seasonal specials like mango ice creams and muskmelon ice creams.
Anyone visiting Hyderabad must not miss these, and not to mention the Hyderabadi Biryani!

Cookies just out of Oven!

Cherry Knob

Flour: 225 gms
Butter: 115 gms
Sugar: 60 gms
Egg: 1, seperated
Vannila Essence: 1/2 tsp
Lemon rind, a little
Milk, to mix, only if required
Cashewnuts: 60 gms, broken into pieces
Glazed Cherries: 30 gms

How I did it:
  1. Sift Flour and keep aside.
  2. Cream Butter till soft.
  3. Add Sugar, little by little, and beat till fluffy.
  4. Add egg yolk, essence and lemon rind to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed till well mixed.
  5. With the help of a clean wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, you can even use your hands if comfortable, add flour gradually and make a soft dough, do not knead it for long. (At this stage, add a little milk only if required i.e., if the dough is too stiff)
  6. Form small balls, and dip half in slightly beaten egg white.
  7. Roll in chopped nuts. Press half cherry into center of each ball.
  8. Put on a greased tray. Bake at 180C for 25 mins.

Cherry Knob

And the Verdict:
Crisp, soft and delicious.
Not very sweet but the cherry compensates the sweetness of the cookies.


Saju said...

yummy, they look like they would melt in your mouth.
first time at your blog, I like it!

Cynthia said...

Perfect, delicious, decorative little creations.


wow a super blog i saw today....its amazing..the pics and all the dishes r absolutely fantastic.....

Priya said...

They sure look similar to the kaju biscuits. I am surely going to try them. I absolutely love the Karachi bakery biscuits !
You have a very nice blog here and I am going to come back here often for a taste of Hyd through you :)

Coffee said...

They are the cutest looking cookies Cinnamon and a very neat blog you have there! Its bookmarked to come back for more! :)

Vcuisine said...

A lovely ones. Your friend is correct. They look so professional. Neat finish. Viji

Apple said...

A visual treat to my eyes...your way of presenting the recipes is very appealing...Great going..

Cinnamon said...

ThankYou all for the wonderful comments!
Saju, Iam glad that u like my blog!
Cynthia, as always a sweet commet :)
Shanti, Thanks!
Priya, Thanks, but I cant compare with the Karachi ones, but I tried my best :)
Coffee, thanks for bookmarking :)
Viji, Thanks for dropping by!
Apple, Thanks for the flattering comment :)

Padma said...

Hey Cinnamon, you have a very nice blog here...and that cookies really melts me down...And the pictures are really cool and exotic...Nice to know you and thanx for visiting my blog, and dear you too have a lovely blog here! co'mon lets celebrate this

I am gonna try this recipe for sure

Cinnamon said...

Thanks Padma.... and indeed we should celebrate :)

Sia said...

melt in mouth... absolutely divine

Sharmi said...

hey, thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know of you beautiful blog with a lovely name. and you are from hyderabad!! me too. you have so many lovely recipes that didnt know where to comment. I loved the pics of all and the cookies are very cute and impressive.

Cinnamon said...

Sia, Thanks for stopping by :)
Sharmi, you have wonderful blog too...and Iam glad know that u r from Hyd too!! Thanks for stopping by!

DEEPA said...

tasty and very yummy cookies .....Pics are great

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi....These cookies look really pretty.....Love it...

Cinnamon said...

Thanks Deepa and Sukanya... :)

RP said...

They sure look like store bought biscuits. Very pretty!

anusharaji said...

i luv the name cherry knob :)
n ofcourse pretty

Kajal said...

Not say anything about this cookies....only say to you......send me plz. Mouth-watering.:)

Raaga said...

Your talk of Karachi bakery and Famous Ice Cream is bringing back old memories... not so old... I lived there until 2 years ago :-)

Would love to go to Mozamjahi and eat Sitaphal icecream in season!!

Nupur said...

These cookies are picture perfect! The cherry-on-top is a beautiful touch.

TBC said...

It's my first time here.
Your cherry knobs look so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Can this recipe be converted into cups ?
if yes how ?

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