Monday, January 18, 2010

Almond Pistachio Cookies with Saffron Icing

We had invited a couple of friends over for dinner yesterday, and, for a change, the men had the pleasure of cooking, while the women had to make do with the consolation prize of spreading out on the couch and watching a movie. The food was delicious, but the kitchen was left a complete and utter mess.

So, after spending half the night cleaning up, my kitchen looked again like "my" kitchen. And to celebrate the spring cleaning, I made these cookies today. As I have mentioned in a previous post, saffron is my absolute favourite spice. It combines very well with Almonds and Pistachios, the flavor as well as the colour. 


Ingredients 

140 gram - whole wheat flour (atta)
5 tbsp - sunflower oil
7 tbsp - low fat milk
6 tbsp - muscovado sugar / castor sugar
1/4 tsp - vanilla essence
1/4 cup - almonds, blanched and sliced thinly
1/4 cup - pistachio, coarsely powdered
1/4 tsp - bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt

Icing - 2 1/2 tbsp castor sugar, a few drops of warm milk and a few strands of saffron.  (mix everything together)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degree C and line a baking tray.
  2. Mix together the oil, milk, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, almond slices pistachio, salt and bicaarbonate of soda.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the liquid mixture and mix lightly with a wooden spoon. Do not overmix.
  5. Scoop 1 tsp of the mixture and roll into balls. Place them on the lined baking tray, spaced well apart and flatten slightly.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of a cookie, comes out clean.
  7. Let the cookies cool in the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Drizzle the icing on the cookies. Leave to set.
Makes 15 cookies


    These Cookies were ready in a jiffy, looked pretty, and were an absolute melt in the mouth...


    These Cookies goes to Sara's Cakes and Cookies Event

    and to Mahimaa's Kitchen Cakes and Cookies Event.
    Enjoy!

    60 comments:

    1. Whee! Delicious cookies! They're very flavorful with those almonds and pistachios! Healthy too!

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    2. Beautiful cookies, lovely saffron icing..

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    3. Saffron icing sounds wonderful to garnish the cookies.

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    4. Lovely cookies with an interesting icing on it..looks very yummy with nuts...

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    5. ummm my mouth is watering after looking at the wonderful clicks.
      Deepa

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    6. Those cookies look very pretty!

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    7. Nice entry for the event! Looks very tempting..and nice shots! Keep it up..

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    8. very nice !..loved the icing...

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    9. Wow.. fantastic combo.. looks yummm :)

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    10. Les cookies sont très très bons avec la pistache.
      J'aime beaucoup.
      A bientôt.

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    11. wow..nice clicks..love the icing.

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    12. Nice and perfect cookies looks great. Thank you for participating in the event.

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    13. Wow..love that nutty flavoured cookies...they look crunchy and yum...

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    14. Mouthwatering cookies,came out so perfect...

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    15. A very beautiful cookie indeed-fantastic icing!!!!Have to try this one soon....from where do u sniff out these gorgeous recipes?
      And lovely pics -can i wonder aloud what camera u shoot with?

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    16. the name itself is very delicious, cookies look perfect, gotta try this sooooooon :)

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    17. Your cookies sounds flavorful...looks very tempting :)

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    18. yummy looks delicious I love cookies of all types.

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    19. wow nice healthy cookies rachna using wheat flour...thy luk very tempting with the icing

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    20. Irresistible...liked the icing too :-) yummmm

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    21. new icing ! and this cookie will defntly be a winner with the nuts inside

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    22. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments Rachana. You to have a cute space dear. Lots of yummy and delectable recipes with neat and beautiful snaps. Will follow you, keep rocking:)

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    23. Rachana,

      Cookies looks very nice, I like almond cookies.

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    24. oh my, they look so delicious! love your pics too! Very nicely done, Rachana!

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    25. they look so delicious..i am lovingthe pistachios peeking out..

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    26. wow delicious looking cookies.Thanks for visiting my blog.Following u :)

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    27. Cookies looks wholesome and yumm!!

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    28. cookies looks amazing..i can eat all of them myself:)

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    29. Hey Rachana, thanks for dropping by my blog! These cookies look absolutely perfect..I love pistachios, so cookie and pistachios, great combo :)

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    30. You made me chuckle with the tale of the men leaving the kitchen a total mess! Your cookies sound so good and surprisingly do not require too much fat~

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    31. Mouth watering crunch cooks with excellent click..feeling hungry for one now:)

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    32. Hiee .. congrats for your award ! And nice reading about you :)
      You have got a wonderful space, you might find me often here :)

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    33. Woowww.... When you say 'melt in mouth', I am sure you are not at all exaggerating! They look heavenly!

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    34. Sounds really cool,very nice recipe!!

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    35. the cookie looks great and wish I could take a bite ...

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    36. I'm a little nut abt nuts..so absoulutely love these nutty Cookies and to top that of with saffron icing..its even more tempting to try these cookies. They look gorgeous as well.

      Loved reading ur secrets and Congratulations on ur award. We have so many things in common,- i too just love dark chocolate, love baking,and I'm from Mumbai-miss the street food..

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    37. You have an other prise on my blog.
      See soon

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    38. Delicious and flavorful cookies!!!

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    39. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Nice to know that your name is also Babli.
      I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Cookies looks yummy and tempting.

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    40. Rachana,
      Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! Must say, you have a lovely collection of recipes...espcially the cookie ones! Keep them coming..will definitely be back!

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    41. Looks utterly yummy.... very eye-cathing cookies..wish to grab one from the screen.:)

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    42. Love Pista in anything, cookies are wonderfully delicious!

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    43. Great combination of almonds, pistachios and the royal saffron, this must have been a rich and flavorful cookie. Saffron icing is an extra treat. An award is waiting for you in my blog, please accept that.

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    44. Dear Rachna
      Thanks for dropping by. Your space is beautiful. Are these cookies same as the ones in the header ? They are gorgeous

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    45. Hi Dear, I would like to share 'Beautiful Blogger' award with you. Please collect it from my blog.

      Renuka
      http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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    46. lovely cookies. Please pass me some!! YUmmmy :)

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    47. Hi Dear, Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment..

      Cookies look yummy..you have so many recipes which I'v never tried...am happy to join your blog dear..

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    48. Cookies looks crunchy and yummy, Nice click.

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    49. Thank You all for such lovely comments :)

      Vanillastrawberryspringfields
      I am glad that you like my recipes :) I use Panasonic DMC TZ5

      Saveurs, Thas and Renuka,
      3 Awards...Wow...I am a lucky girl today:)

      BongMom,
      Thanks for dropping by, The Cookies are not the same as the header pic, the header pic is of spinach coriander chive bread/bun :)

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    50. Hi there Rachana...Delightful Cookies here! The pistas make it very interesting to try...I am trying this one for sure...Love your bakes as they are eggless...One query for this one though...Do we bake this at 180 C for 8 to 10 minutes...Cheers!

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    51. I would like to nominate you for a Blogger Award.Please visit my site and collect it

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    52. Dear Supriya,
      The Cookies need to be baked at 190 degree C for 8-10 mnutes.

      Dear Ladychef,
      Thanks a lot for the award:)

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    53. I think it must be all males that dont mind (too much) cooking, but leave the mess. I always say to my bf clean as you go, but he just doesnt get it lol.
      I like the look of your cookies, i love pistacios! The drizzle of icing on top make these look even better. Goodluck with the entry :)

      Rose

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    54. saffron icing.. wow sounds too good. love anything that has saffron. thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    55. mmm, these cookies look delicious and so unique!

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    56. Wish I have an oven to bake all these yummy goodies you have...thanks for viiting me, so that I got a chance to explore your wonderful blog here

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    57. A excellent chuckle creates us better buddies with ourselves and everybody around us.
      Car Keys

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