Thursday, October 8, 2009

Melting Moment

Shortbread cookies give the melting feeling in your mouth! The effect comes from the load of butter incorporate in the recipe! Yes, the butter holds the flour and spices! Is it a cookie version of pound cake recipe?
Well, that doesn't matter as long you taste once in a while. Those cookies are simply delectable and delicate the fact they are crumbly! Especially this Savory Spicy Shortbread got my full attention with the use of unusual ingredients: the cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric and the curry powder. So what else you need to try out, when you don't dare of spicy stuff!
I never own any curry powder; not a standard item in Indian pantry. The yellow powder is sure a mix of turmeric, coriander powder and cumin probably some other spices! I simply replaced with a pinch of coriander powder, cumin and turmeric or just skip in the recipe.
The intro for recipe said: great with cocktails, well it is even great with tea! They are terrific and calorific at the same time. Watch out the intake !

The original recipe comes from here: I halved the recipe and substituted the curry powder (with little more turmeric, cumin and coriander powder) even u can use garam masala instead!



Savoury Spiced Shortbread
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Savory Spiced Shorthbread



Ingredients:

Yield: about 11 cookies

Butter: 6 tbsp ( at room temperature)
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Curry powder: ½ tsp (can be skipped or add a pinch of cumin/coriander/turmeric powder)
Ground cumin: ¼ tsp
Black pepper freshly ground: ¼ tsp
Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
Cayenne or chili powder: ¼ tsp or less (but I spiced up at this level)
All purpose flour: ½ cup + 2 tbsp

Extra item needed:
A large piece of wax paper


Method:

With a electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add salt, and all the spices, beat until they are well blended.
Add the flour gradually and beat scrapping the side of bowl. Once they are well incorporated.
Turn out the dough in wax paper. Make a 6 inch long and 2 inch of diam log. (if u find the dough melt in ur hand. Keep 15 min or more in fridge and form the log.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to 2 days. I refrigerated overnight!

Preheat the oven at 325 F and position the rack in middle of the oven.
Cut the dough into ¼ in- thick slices. Place slices at least ½ in- apart. Bake for about 12 min. Cool on wire rack.


Note: Generally, the temp of oven should be in low to succeed the white color for shortbread. But this one is yellow due to turmeric.
Really give little attention while transferring on wire rack! One of my shortbread sliped and went into hundred of crumb! They are fragile!

I am sending this Savory spiced Shortbread to Meeta’s Monthly Mingle being entertained by Aparna with the theme of High Tea Treats

56 comments:

prasu said...

nice cookies dear.........yummy yum.

Priya said...

Gorgeous savoury cookies, looks fantastic..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - thats an awesome looking cookie and no sugar too... Looks great!

Ambika said...

Wow, the savory cookies look absolutely delicious! They will certainly make a great tea time snack.

Divya Vikram said...

Curry powder in a shortbread cookie! Wow!! Very creative and delicious recipe!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi cham,
my long time dream is to make cookie but some ingredient will be missing ,but in ur recipe all r available...kandippa i will try....nice click:)

Vani said...

Love the new template, Cham - perfect for fall! Very unusual cookies with garam masala. My kinda cookies though - savory :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Savory cookies look so good. Curry powder in cookies sounds so different. Very innovative thinking... YUM!

meeso said...

They look so perfect! I like the small recipe, too. I'm going to bookmark :)

Pavani said...

Yumm.. yumm.. very interesting shortbreads.. With curry!!!! sounds yummm.

Uma said...

mmm. yummy, spicy cookies!!

Gita said...

The cookies sure look like they will melt in the mouth...love them...the cute package too :)

Varsha Vipins said...

I love those spicy cookies Cham..its yummy yum..:)

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

That sure is a melting moment when u take a bite from those awesome cookies. Adding curry powder does sounds interesting.

Srivalli said...

Thats really melting!

Nandini said...

Cookies! They are awesome! Very delicious!

LG said...

slurrp! could you please parcel them to S'pore..I am all drooling over that pic!

jayasree said...

Cookies looks gorgeous with equally good presentation. I tend to avoid shortbread cookies for the amount of butter in it. Loved these savory ones.

notyet100 said...

like the new header ,...and the melting moments,..don ask i loved them,..:-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Indeed looks so,sounds good,pretty presentation!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice presentation n perfect looking cookies to munch on!

sowmya.s said...

savoury cookies is something which i wanted to try for a long time..this one sounds good..

Aparna said...

Cham, this is just my kind of shortbread. Would really be right for teatime. Lovely picture, too.
Thanks for joining us for high Tea.

Prathibha said...

Loved ur new header and the cookies..looks really buttery..melting,,..!!!

lata raja said...

I've always loved savoury cookies and wanted a recipe badly.these are indeed excellent for the high tea.bookmarked and will let you know when I try.

Happy cook said...

Wow they indeed look so so yumm and the texture in the pic shows that if you eat them it suer will melt.

Curry Leaf said...

Love the savoury twist.Looks great and perfect entry.Love the bite that cumin gives in cookies.

Suma Rajesh said...

nice and cute cookies...

DEESHA said...

I love savoury cookies. they look really good

Ramya Bala said...

Wow savoury cookies :)yum yum...have an eye over a savoury cookie which u posted earlier...n now this one...love it cham..
yeah athu chinathu ;) akash :)))

Sunshinemom said...

I absolutely agree with you - who cares about the contents when the taste is great! I love the thought of spicing them up - sounds interesting!

Sireesha said...

Heavenly looking savory cookies wanted to grab from screen itself...

Shwetha said...

Neat! This is a great idea. I always love to have a cookie with some bite to it along with my sweet tea. Bookmarked and rearing to go!

VS said...

Wow! they look amazing. I tried your jalepenos snack. Was a gr8 hit ! Thanks for sharing

Veggie Belly said...

I love savory shortbread and savory 'cookie' type creations. All the flavors in this sounds amazing! I saw Ina Garten make a savory blue cheese and walnut shortbread a few days ago..

Homecooked said...

Lovely cookies Cham! Loved the pic! Savoury cookies must have been delicious :)

Pari said...

Hi Cham. Nice short bread cookies.Adding turmeric is very innovative.
I am yet to try my hand on them. They look very delicate to handle.
Do drop by and check out my space. Following you.

G.Pavani said...

cookies look great yaar...that too from oven u made it..i tried alot to make cookies from it i failed yaar..now i will try ur version

Indhu said...

love this savory version... would taste great with tea/coffee :)

SriLekha said...

wow looks yummy

Archy said...

looks so soft and delicious Cham !! Perfect for tea time snack !!

Sujatha said...

thats a unique way to make cookies! Its Diwali time, and actively looking for snacks recipes, perfect timing Cham!

Soma said...

what a pretty picture. I love all the flavors here & the idea of savory.

Pavithra said...

Wow they looks gorgeous and looks so yummy...

Vibaas said...

that looks awesome, cham!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Curry powder in cookies....that's an real fusion recipe...cookies look really melt in mouth....

s said...

sugarless cookies..fabulous

Cynthia said...

Love your presentation.

Sharmila said...

Wonderful cookies! Always love savoury cookies more than the sweet ones. :-)

my kitchen said...

Yummy cookies,Perfect tea time snack.Do visit my blog when u find time

AnuSriram said...

Thats awesome! Nice click too!

Laavanya said...

I love buttery shortbread cookies.. have never tried the savoury ones - great pic Cham.

Suma Rajesh said...

hey cham, therez a small gift for u..plzz receive it..

Bong Mom said...

The cookies and the template both look so apt for Fall you know, gives a warm feeling

n33ma said...

Excellent click.My daughter and I love savory cookies.

Claudia said...

One of my favorite cookies is one I've had for years, Ginger Shortbread, and these sound just as spicy good.