Baked Goodies · Desserts · Healthy Recipes

Healthy whole-wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies

Healthy whole-wheat dark chocolate cookies

Homemade cookies are the best. Everybody will agree.Ever since I have started baking cookies at home I just cannot seem to make myself eat any store bought biscuits or cookies. There is an absolute block in my head regarding this. My entire tin of biscuits filled with the good old Marie biscuit and cream crackers are just sitting and getting stale.

 Nobody even gives them a cursory glance these days during tea time.   Also, there is a lot of pressure on me (most of it self-inflicted) to focus on healthy baking and curtail the use of refined flour and sugars. Keeping this in mind and my sporadic chocolate cravings I came up with the recipe for this chocolaty and scrumptious and healthy cookie made totally from scratch.

It is super easy to make too and requires only 4 to 5 ingredients. These cookies are the result of a crazy midnight baking session which I go through once in a while. They are a bit on the less sweet side because everyone at home like their baked goodies to be lightly sweetened. You can easily alter the amount of sweetness to your liking.  

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Baking Time: 16 to 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  1. 8 heaped tbsp Whole-wheat Flour (60 gm approx.)
  2. 5 heaped tbsp Dark Cocoa powder (40 gm approx.)
  3. Softened Salted Butter 75 gm
  4. Date Palm Jaggery(patali Gur) 4 tbsp
  5. Milk (optional)
  6. Butter Paper
  7. Baking Tray

*White Chocolate Button/ Chocolate Chips (absolutely optional)

Only 4 basic ingredients

Method:

  • Start by keeping all the ingredients on your work counter and all the mixing bowls, spoons, and baking tray ready.
  • Cream the softened butter with a handheld mixer or a whisk until it is fluffy and the colour of the butter changes. It will take you around 7 to 8 minutes at low to medium speed and longer if using a whisk.
Creamed and whipped butter
  • Mix in the jaggery with the creamed butter and keep mixing at low speed.
whipped butter and jaggery
  • In a separate bowl sieve together the whole-wheat flour and the dark cocoa powder
  • Now mix the flour-cocoa mix into the creamed butter jaggery mixture until combined and forms a dough. You may add some milk if required.
flour-cocoa mix and butter…the dough forming process
  • Eventually, use your clean hands to bring it all together and form the chocolate cookie dough
  • Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film or aluminum foil and put it into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
cookie dough
  • After 30 minutes take out the cookie dough and form smaller balls from it. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hands and form small disks of about ½ cm thickness.
  • Make designs on the cookies with the help of a fork according to your liking. I was helped by my hubby in the cookie designing bit and they did turn out to be very very pretty. You can use white chocolate chips also if you desire.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180O C. Arrange the cookies on a paper lined baking tray with at least ½ a cm gap between them as the butter in them tends to make them spread while cooking. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes’ till baked through. The cookies might seem to be a bit soft when you take them out from the oven but they get crispier as they cool down
  • Your easy, yummy, chocolaty, buttery and healthy whole-wheat cookies are ready to be enjoyed with a delicious cup of coffee or with tea or just like that when you are feeling a bit moreish.

P.S

1. Patali Gur or Date Palm jaggery holds a very special place in my heart and it is one of the winter delicacies that I absolutely adore. It has a wonderfully rich and smoky flavour which can easily be used as a sugar substitute. I love to use it in my desserts but if you find it difficult to get your hands on you can easily use raw unfiltered honey or any other sweetener of your choice.

2. Creaming the butter until soft and buttery is an extremely important step as that gives these cookies the perfect texture.

3. If you do not have a cookie tray/ baking tray please do not worry. Neither do I! The hack that I use is I just cut my butter/baking paper into a round shape and place it directly on the microwave ovens turntable. Voila! Your baking tray is ready to be used.

Baked Goodies · Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

Things You need to Carry for the perfect Day Trip #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

Day trips are the best! Everyone will agree. What is there not to like? You don’t have to take leave (plan it on a weekend), it gives the boost that is required to survive in between those treasured vacations, they are not expensive (no hotels to be booked!) and the reasons are endless.

No Day Trip worth its mettle is complete without a list of goodies and must have items that are absolutely mandatory for making the Day Trip reach fabulous levels of perfection. I take making lists very very seriously. Anything I do is initiated with me sitting down with my favourite diary and a pen and jotting down some list or the other. I am absolutely religious about it!

Here I will share some ideas which according to me are a must for any Day Trip.

1.Edible Goodies.

Yummy! No outing is complete without a series of lip smacking munchies which are easy to eat as well as carry. Sorry , no butter cream frostings on your cupcakes for this one!

a. Unfrosted but very very yummy muffins/cupcakes.

Blueberry White Chocolate Muffin

b. Any loaf cake cut into easy to eat slices.

Orange Cranberry Loaf Cake


Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

c. Cookies-both savoury and sweet and easy to pop into your mouth.

Three Ingredient Cookie


d. Nuts and dry fruits

Nuts and Berries


e. Chocolate/Fudge

Dark Chocolate Fudge


The basic idea is it has to be easy to eat as well as easy to handle!

All the recipes for the above goodies are available on my Home page. Feel free to check them out.

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2. Beverage of your choice

The best idea if you are health conscious is to carry green tea of your choice in a Vacuum Insulated Thermos Travel Mug/Thermos or a bottle like this one. You can read more about my thoughts on Green Tea here. https://deliciousfoodwithginia.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/tea-and-me/

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This Thermos Bottle can be used to carry any beverage of your choice be it hot or cold.

You can also try a travel mug like this one from Instacuppa for green tea or coffee. Its great for single use. https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-vacuum-insulated-coffee-tea-travel-mug-470-ml-sipper-lid-with-filter-silicon-grip-black

Instacuppa vacuum insulated Travel Mug

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3.A small stash of first aid and emergency medicines if you are traveling with children and elderly parents.

4. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if there is any of sun damage to your skin. Lip balm and a compact is also a must for some mild touch up. My favourite sunscreen is a bit expensive but definitely works wonders.

5. A good camera or a phone with a good camera for capturing wonderful moments of your trip. Please don’t forget the phone charger as well as phones these days are notorious for getting discharged at the blink of an eye!

6. Portable Bluetooth speaker to listen to songs of your choice on the way to your destination or at any place you wish.

7. Tissue papers and wet wipes to clean your hands and in to use in any emergency food spills.

8. Hand sanitizer because I absolutely love to have clean hands.

9. I always carry some fennel or some ajwain seeds to keep at bay any sudden bouts of nausea or digestive issues while travelling. So my handbag always has a stash of ajwain and I am happy to distribute it to everyone around me!

I hope you will find these things to be helpful when you are planning your next day trip. Do let me know much fun you had!

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Baked Goodies · Desserts

Easiest Three Ingredient Cookie

Easiest Three Ingredient Cookies

I was thinking about baking some cookies for a very long time. But with the onslaught of pictures of Christmas cookies and cookie challenges on Instagram, I was very intimidated. Also, in the process of making cookies, there is an extra step which involves chilling the dough. This step really puts me off and makes me feel lazy. But drooling over all the yummy cookie pictures online, I did some extensive research on the “Science behind Making Cookies” and so this recipe was building in my head for the last few days. Anyhow, it was a weekday night and there was some raw chicken waiting in my sink to be washed and cooked into a wonderful, yummy gravy with some pureed spinach, and I suddenly decide that tonight is the night to make these cookies. You have to believe me that it took me exactly 15 minutes to get this cookie dough ready and in the fridge to chill!

My husband and my mother were like excited children when the first batch came out of the oven in all their golden loveliness. My sister has already coordinated the process of how I am going to bake the next batch of cookies and get them couriered to her! So, my friends, I will now tell you the recipe of the easiest three ingredient cookies in the world and believe me even if you are a novice in baking, these cookies will definitely turn out to be perfect. They absolutely melt in the mouth, crispy and golden pieces of heaven…….

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Baking Time: 16 to 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  1. 1 ¾ cups Flour(175gm)
  2. ¾ cup powdered brown sugar(75gm)
  3. Softened Salted Butter 1 cup.(100gm)

*Chocolate Button/ Chocolate Chips

Method:

  • Start by keeping all the ingredients on your work counter and all the mixing bowls, spoons, and baking tray ready.
  • Cream together the softened butter and the powder brown sugar with a handheld mixer until it is fluffy and the colour of the butter changes. It will take you around 7 to 8 minutes at low to medium speed.
  • Now mix in the flour into the creamed butter-sugar mixture until combined and forms a dough. You might have to use your hands at some point to bring it all together, but in that case, do not forget to wash your hands well.
  • Roll the dough into 2 logs of about 1-inch diameter. Wrap each log in cling film or aluminum foil and put it into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  • After waiting for 30 minutes and getting other work in the kitchen done, take out one of the dough rolls and unwrap it.
  • With a sharp knife cut the dough roll into cookies of the thickness of your choice. ¼ inch thickness was the magic number for me.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 C. Arrange the cookies on a baking tray with at least ½ a cm gap between them as the butter in them tends to make them spread while cooking. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes till crispy and golden.
  • If you decide to use chocolate chips, you can use the second roll of dough and cut them similarly and top them with the chocolate chip. But remember to press gently, as otherwise, the cookies will crack.
  • At 16 minutes your cookies will be baked, but they will be light in colour. If you want the golden colour you have to give the cookies 2 more minutes but under supervision.
  • When both the batches are baked, your easy, yummy, buttery, golden medallions of heaven are ready to be enjoyed with tea, coffee or just by themselves.