Its Christmas time!!! Yay…this festival just makes me happy….and so much so that I almost feel like Santa (without the elves)!!! I go into baking overdrive and bake and bake and bake like there is no tommorrow…and end up with so many cakes and cookies that in the end I dunno what to do with them so my kiddo and hubbys friends end up making merrry!!! But then Christmas is always about giving and spreading cheers right??? Every year I bring home a small Xmas tree albeit a faux one…but here the emotions count…and decorate it with cute accessories. This year I wanted to make the accessories, so what better than these edible ones!!! Ya, it was purely on experimental basis as I was trying these cookies for the first time and the stained glass did not look perfect but then they tasted so good….I have tried to rectify my goof ups in the recipes that I have posted. So guess You will get it right….so cheers and happy baking!!!
Crush the toffees into powder using a mallet or even our good ole belan will do. Just put the same colored toffees in a lock bag and crush them so they don't create a mess.
Cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy. Add the ginger and the flour slowly and mix. (Here I have used self raising flour so If using the regular one just add about a tsp of baking powder and sieve it before using.).
Remover the dough and roll it to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into different shapes using cookie cutters. Use smaller cutters or knife to cut smaller shapes in the cookies.
ine the baking tray with butter paper. Transfer the cookies to the tray about 1 inch apart. Using a spoon fill the hollowed out centers with the crushed candy. Do not mound the fillings just level it till it touched the edges.(here I made the mistake
Bake at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 mins or till the cookies begin to brown at the edges.
Remove and cool. Allow the cookies to cool down completely else the candy centers may come off. These can be used as ornaments on Christmas trees. Just make a hole in the cookies before baking.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.