Kesar Badam Butter Cookies

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Some days I really miss Bangalore so much………..The mood lasts for a day or two, then I chat with Mom and Dad over the phone, and then everything feels better:-) As they say, “You can take a girl out of Bangalore, but you cannot take Bangalore out of the girl”. Okay, why all this sentiment you ask? Its just a small introduction to my next recipe, which has nothing to do with any sentiment. I wanted to give a shot at baking BeNNe(Butter) Biscuits, like the one’s we get at bakeries in Bangalore. Well, It was a small craving, because I was missing home. The result was not exactly like Bakery beNNe biscuits, but more like Britannia Good Day cookies, but tasted so good. The recipe is as follows-

Ingredients-

1. Maida( All purpose Flour)- 2 Cups
2. Butter(Unsalted)- 1 1/2 sticks, at room temperature
3. Saffron- a generous pinch, soaked in warm milk for a few minutes
4. Milk- 2 Tbs, for soaking the saffron
5. Sugar- 1 cup
6. Almonds- 10 to 12, coarsely powdered
7. Cardamoms- 4, powdered
8. Baking powder- 1/2 Tsp
9. Salt- a Pinch

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Method-

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together 2-3 times. Cream the butter and sugar together, till the butter becomes very soft and fluffy. A hand mixer comes in very handy for this purpose, or it can be done with a fork. Add the soaked saffron, cardamom powder and the almonds and stir well. Mix in the flour mixture, in small amounts to form a dough. Refrigerate the dough in a plastic cover for about 2 to 3 hours. Remove from the fridge and make small equal sized balls of the dough and press to make small discs( Pedas). Place almond halves on the top for decoration.

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Bake the cookies on greased baking trays in the upper rack of an over preheated to 375 degrees F for about 10 to 12 minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure the bottom of the cookies don’t burn. Cool the cookies on a rack for a few minutes.

Enjoy the cookies with a hot cup of Coffee or tea. The taste of saffron, and the crunch of the toasted almonds is simply heavenly.

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