June 30, 2011

Melting Moments — dainty eggless cookies

I confess — I have never been game enough to bake cookies at home. Until recently, that is. Once I kicked off, I just can’t resist the urge to fill my cookie jar with these homemade dainties. From the gorgeous macarons and classic anzac bikkies to the sinful melting moments and anything in between. Because… nothing—nothing beats homemade cookies. It’s such a guilty pleasure and the ultimate comfort food. Really



The wonderful aroma of baking followed by these warm, crumbly treats straight out of the oven with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot tea is so comforting. Not much comes close to my idea of a relaxing day, except perhaps putting my feet up with a captivating novel by my favorite author, Judith McNaught.
After my highs and lows with macarons, melting moments was such a pleasant surprise. These are super-duper easy to make and so deliciously moreish! They remind me of the Danish butter cookies I used to enjoy when I was little. My brother too shared the same thoughts.

Melting moments, also known as yo-yo biscuits (especially when corn flour is substituted with custard powder), is a shortbread-like cookie. It has a light, fragile, buttery and crumbly texture. A texture that deliciously melts in your mouth. And rightly so. These cookies are usually sandwiched with lemon butter cream. However, after the oodles of butter and sugar that went into the recipe, I didn’t bother with the filling.
The downside? These are so sinful, and oh so easy to overindulge, ha! You just can’t help binging. I had to share most of them with my relatives and friends to stop myself from nibbling one after the other, and finishing the batch all by myself. A good decision it was, as the compliments came pouring. Everyone was impressed with how gourmet these tasted—in fact even superior to store bought ones they said! Only I knew it’s cinch to make— nonetheless, I couldn't help basking in the glory of their admiration.

You'll have immediate success with this recipe. Be sure to bring butter to room temperature before you start. Use a measuring spoon to roll equal sized cookies, and flour your hands before you roll the sticky, buttery dough. If it is still too sticky and soft, chill the dough it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. While baking, don’t overcook. Take the cookies out of the oven just as they are done for a melt-in-your-mouth texture. No need to brown. Personally, I slightly browned my first batch and loved it for it’s crispier texture.
 
So whether you are sitting down for a chitchat with friends over a cup of coffee, or in need for a little something to get the kids through the day at school or after school, or just looking for something to nibble with your afternoon tea, these buttery classics make a delicious treat. Just keep a watch on the portion size, as these are very rich.
A no fuss recipe for a phenomenal cookie treat, this one’s a keeper. Try it and see.

Melting Moments

(Recipe source: The Australian Women’s Weekly Macroons & Biscuits)

Ingredients
Makes 25 filled, or 50 unfilled ones

250g (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (80g) icing sugar (confectioners’), sifted
1 ½ cup (225g) plain flour (all-purpose), sifted
½ cup (75g) corn flour (cornstarch), sifted

For butter cream filling
90g (3 ounces) butter, room temperature
¾ cup (120g) icing sugar (confectioners’), sifted
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice


Directions

Preheat oven to 160oC/325oF. Line baking sheet or flat oven tray with parchment paper.

Beat butter, vanilla and sifted icing sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to large bowl, and stir in sifted flours using a wooden spoon. If the mixture is too soft and sticky, chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

With floured hands, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place balls about 2.5cm apart on trays to allow room for spreading, and then flatten slightly with the back of a lightly floured fork.

Bake cookies about 15 minutes or until just cooked through and light golden. Stand 5 minutes in tray before lifting onto wire racks to cool. Dust with extra sifted icing sugar before serving, if you like.

To make the filling (if using), beat butter, sifted icing sugar and rind in small bowl with electric mixer until pale and fluffy; beat in juice. Sandwich cookies with butter cream.

Unfilled biscuits will keep in an airtight container, between sheets of waxed or parchment paper, for up to a week. Use metal tins to keep the cookies firmer. Filled biscuit will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.

This basic recipe is highly adaptable. Try using custard powder instead of corn flour for a delicious twist. Other variations are to use ½ teaspoon cardamom powder instead of vanilla extract, if you like. For variations in shape, use a star nozzle to pipe rosette shaped cookies. Alternatively, you can emboss the cookies with lovely motifs using a cookie die, medallion, coin, or just leave them plain. For a lovely variation in filling, use one strained passionfruit pulp instead of rind and juice of one lemon. Whatever your choice, these taste phenomenal.

Now I need to go figure out ways to melt off those extra inches from the cookies and other sweet treats I’ve been indulging in lately. Is there an easy way out, I wonder?  I want to enjoy my treats and stay slim and healthy, too!

74 comments:

  1. I just looooved the recipe. I am bookmarking this and trying this ASAP :)

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  2. The photos are very tempting....cookies too...bookmarked...

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  3. So tempting and delicious cookies.. simply inviting dear !!

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  4. Very crispy and inviting cookies dear. Just as the name suggests, it must have melted in your mouth after you tasted them.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Those cookies look like really melting in mouth type n superb clicks dear..:)

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  6. They do look dainty! I have never tried making at cookies, but maybe I should start with this one

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  7. very beautiful cookies and well presented too.Turned out so nice

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  8. Yumm perfectly done soft looking cookies... Beautiful clicks...

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  9. Nice one..I too made a similar one last week..Drenched in butter right? But so yum..Which is your fav Judith Mcnaught book? Could add it to my to-read list..

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  10. Beautiful clicks and yummy cookies

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  11. perfect cookies n nickclick!

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  12. You totally put me in some mood for cookies and milk.

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  13. Cookies look gr8!! Love the presentation very much!!

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  14. Totally agree with you .. nothing can beat home made cookies :) They look just absolutely soft and buttery !

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  15. Super tempting and damn addictive pretty looking cookies,feel like munching some..

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  16. Awesome cookies! Pictures are amazing!!

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  17. Looks so delicious, perfect melt in the mouth cookies. "Nothing beats homemade cookies", I absolutely agree with you! Thanks for sharing the recipe & these tempting clicks :)

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  18. Lovely clicks as always... Each and every click is so beautiful! Loved the cookies,looks so good!

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  19. Crunchy n yumm cookies..Just feel like sitting back with that cup of coffee and enjoying..
    Lovely clicks Nash!! U amaze me with every post :)

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  20. I love these cookies a lot :) That too when made at home nothing can beat its taste :)

    Lovely pics :) How do you get that bright white background? share your secret plz :)

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  21. The pics are as dainty as the cookies. Lovely! How did u achieve the almost no background in the first pic. When I place a white board/ chart paper on back, it always look likes a white wall. But here its all merged, without any boundaries....BTW what's your e-mail id?

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  22. Forgot to mention, the bowls are tooo charming, especially the yellow one :)

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  23. yeah i love the yo yo biscuits as well.. tried it so many times and its best 2 take as a gift 2 ppl's houses..can whip it up in no time:)

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  24. These indeed remind me of those Danish cookies!! It is just a pleasure to get indulged!! How I wish I could have been your neighbour!! Wonderful tempting pics as usual!! :-)

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  25. Im drooling looking at these dainty, heavenly cookies!!!! And yes, nothing compares to homemade cookies...I have actually stopped eating the store bought cookies and cakes..Would not mind going the extra mile & bake them at home itself :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  26. wowwwww looks so yummmm.....super clicks......

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  27. Most tempting cookies,real melt in mouth..beautiful pictures..bookmarked.

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  28. Looks so delicious, perfect..Thanks for sharing the recipe & these tempting clicks..:)

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  29. wow very tempting cookies !! look so soft and perfectly done !! awesome clicks too !!

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  30. I make different kinds of cookies n they taste great too but I totally suck at making them look this pretty! And you totally did justice to them with your fabulous pictures!
    US Masala

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  31. Girls, you are soooo sweet! Thanks a bunch for the all the smiles. Yes, these cookies are simply awesome - I hope you try them at home and let me know!

    Nithya and Anamika: Sorry! For some weird reason I was not able to log-in to bloggers, I kept getting hit with a 'bad request' error message. This happened even when I tried to access your pages.

    Most of my shots are backlight -- that is the light comes from behind the subject. I love shooting this way for the soft shadows, rim-light, glow and the depth it creates on the images. In most cases, like the shots above, I typically shoot next to my front door with abundant sunlight streaming in through the slightly open door. And then, I use large white foam boards that helps reflect light and makes the background look seamless and white. Besides, I play around a bit with the exposure settings of my camera (P&S) to adjust the brightness before clicking. Hope this helps!

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  32. thanks dear...u shoot with point & shoot!! sharm aani chahiye mujhe. Using a DSLR & not taking half as good as urs pics :))

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  33. Beautiful food photos.

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  34. These cookies look so gorgeous!! You have got an amazing skill in presentation and photography.

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  35. Cant take my eyes off this wonderful cookies!! ..I keep coming back to this page..just to have another look at this cookies!!

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  36. Thanks again all!

    @Paaka Shaale, Reshmi, Indu and Suja: I think you'll love these cookies. Lemme know if you end up making them!

    @ Aipi...come on! Don't be so modest... I'm so in awe of skills!

    Awww Anamika, you take great pictures too. I especially LOVED your pasta shot. With my P&S I'd never be able to get such sharp images or a good DoF - seriously!

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  37. Cookies looks so delectable I am a big fan of these cookies and had been planning to make these.

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  38. they are gorgeous, Nash! Have to hand it to you - your pics are so beautiful always!!!

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  39. Your shots are amazing, never seen such a detail like yours also the delectable cookies..

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  40. Looks so gorgeous and lovely ..perfect clicks:)

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  41. Gorgeous cookies and very beautifully presented dear..love ur shots..

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  42. I can feel it melting in my mouth, looks gorgeous. Me too love this cookies a lot. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook and don't worry about the two images, that's ok. Have a great weekend :)

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  43. Hi Nashi, definitely giving these a try. I always get halfway done with preparing chocolate chip cookies when I realize I don't have any eggs in the fridge. Happy to find a great egg-less cookie recipe like this one. Very professional looking, by the way.

    Enjoy your weekend,

    Mark

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  44. waooo..egg less cookies..amazing..& the color & fluffiness is perfect..love it..Mash'Allah i must write that your family is so lucky to have you!! you are an amazing girl my dear..
    Allah bless you more
    again photography is awesome *(*

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  45. wow..beautiful pics and the cookies look cute and perfect....I will surely try this soon..bookmarked...:)

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  46. hey nash...it surely is amazing moments looking at the pics alone dear....eggless too....wow..

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  47. Lovely pics..as always....

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  48. Those cookies look wonderful! I just love all of your gorgeous photos! Thanks for coming by to share your recipe. Have a nice weekend :)
    Katie

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  49. What you said is so true nash , there is nothing like homemade cookies and especially the aroma of it around the house , it is pure bliss , just like it's nice these cookies literally melt in your mouth .Btw I noticed a judith mcnaught book in there , are you a fan , coz I am of some of her books .

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  50. cookies looks so tempting,excellent clicks

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  51. These not only look beautiful they sound wonderful. I am a big cookie fan too. I would have to give some of mine away also to prevent me from eating them all:)

    Regarding your question on my blog, I use the traditional rolled oats in my chocolate chip cookies, not the quick oats. Thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoy the cookies.

    I am bookmarking yours now:)

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  52. lovely cookies and awesome clicks. I also love baking these as tey are so so light.

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  53. Thanks a lot everyone. You people rock!

    Vidhya, Jisha and Mark: I hope you have fun making it and eating it too :)

    Kadeeja: You are way too sweet and kind dearie.

    Shabs, I heart Judith and I'm a die-hard fan. Almost got all her novels in my collection :)

    Hey Raina, thanks for the clarification and hope you get to make these cookies too.

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  54. superb- am just spell bound by your clicks and am bookmarking your recipe and will try it ! BTW am a fan off Judith Mc Naught too !

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  55. Cookies looks crispy, crunchy, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

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  56. the cookies look absolutely melt-in-the-mouth! And i love your idea of trying out variations for the filling... I can just imagine a lovely custard filled cookie...mmmm... :D
    and as usual, utterly fabulous pics!

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  57. Wow!!! Nash, I am speechless. Lovely and yummy cookies. They look so cute. Amzing and mindblowing clicks. Uff.. no words to describe. Simply great and good work.

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  58. Cookies looks super tempting & yummy.Beautiful presentation.
    http://www.easycookingforamateurs.com/

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  59. What pretty cookies! So tempting. I love melting moments.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  60. Omg, cant take my eyes from those beautiful cute cookies, excellent clicks nash..Would like to finish rite now..

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  61. Woww. they look divine.. Cant wait to have a bite :) I love your pictures too :D

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  62. can i come to your home dear...u r so creative..:))

    Tasty Appetite

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  63. oh what a fun post -these look wonderful!

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  64. Hey all, thanks once again!

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  65. My favorite cookies are awesome, beautiful pictures and very good food, I love your recipes, big hugs and good week.

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  66. I so want to have these!!! They look absolutely wonderful!

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  67. Thank you Rosita and Sarah!

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  68. Simply love your pictures. YOu are absolutely great at that.

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  69. I TRIED THESE....TRULY MELT IN MOUTH. I bought icing sugar itself and used vanilla custard powder. Amazing bunch of cookies. Thomas loved them. As am on diet he's gonna finish it!

    Your recipes are bang on! Am more and more of a fan. Next is butter chicken some time! Good, you should consider publishing a cookery book. Editing proof reading services offered here ahem ahem ;p

    Sent off the article babe. These people are funny but...got to wait and watch.

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  70. Isn't it easier to beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl and add the sifted rest to it instead of beating it in a small bowl and transferring? Why so?

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  71. M baking a batch of 250 of these!! Houzzaat???

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A million thank you's for stopping by, taking the time to connect, and coming back to visit again. I genuinely appreciate each of your kind thoughts, lovely words, love and support. Happy, happy to hear from you, and hope to see you again!

♥ Nashi