I never found cookie making easy but I bought a recipe book called Öven Fresh by Parragon Books at a very good discount recently. It has easy basic recipes; appetizers, taarts and breads, cookies, desserts to savouries and vegetarian.
My 1st attempt from it was the Cheese Cookies; basically it’s coz I’ve got all the ingredients at home and I thought it was such an easy recipe that I wouldn’t burn or spoil anything. 😀
Do you know what this is?
It’s an egg yolk separator. It’s such a handy kitchen gadget where it gets the egg yolk separated from the egg white without being afraid that if you do it with your hands, the egg yolk will break.. Found it at Hema and it wasn’t expensive too. 😀
ok, here’s the recipe.
Ingredients: for 35 pieces
- 150g butter, in blocks plus extra for greasing, if necessary
- 150g flour, plus extra
- 150g old cheese, grated
- 1 egg yolk
- sesame seeds, for sprinkling
- Pre-heat oven at 200C.
- Layer a few baking trays with baking paper.
- Mix flour and cheese in a bowl.
- Knead butter with fingertips til the mixture is like breadcrumbs. Add in egg yolk and knead till the mixture is like soft dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic foil and leave it for 30 mins in the fridge.
- Sprinkle some flour on work surface and roll out the dough thinly. Cut out rounds of abt dia. 6cm; roll the remains again and cut out abt 35 pieces altogether.
- Put the cookie cut-outs on the baking paper on the baking trays and sprinkle them with sesame seeds.
- Bake them for 20 mins till golden brown.
- Leave cookies to cool down a little before serving.
For a sweet version of this traditional French recipe, replace the cheese with grated lemon peel and at the end of step 2, add 125g brown sugar. Beat egg yolk with 1 tbsp cognac.
It was unsuspectedly easy to make, the cookies were light, fluffy and deliciously cheesy.. 😀
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