Eggless Yo-Yo Cookies

Yo-Yo cookies are an Australian favorite made with custard powder and filled with  butter cream. Also known as “melting moments”, these cookies are delicious, buttery and make a fun dessert. Two delicious melt- in- your- mouth cookies are sandwiched with butter cream and these are way less sweet than the American sandwich cookies which makes them a delightful accompaniment to tea or coffee. If you are not in a mood for butter cream filling, nutella or any chocolate based nut butter spread would work just fine. This is a fun way to engage kids in baking and filling their own sandwich cookies, makes for a great rainy day activity too.yo-yo cookies

Ingredients for cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup+1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup vanilla flavored custard powder or corn starch

Ingredients for filling

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon custard powder or corn starch

 Method

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Stir in the flour and custard powder, mix until it forms a smooth dough.

4. Roll into logs and cut it up into equal sized pieces.

5. Form into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Gently press tops with a fork.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light golden color and cool the cookies completely.

7. Mix ingredients listed under filling until light and creamy.

8. When the cookies are completely cooked, spread the filling on one cookie and place another on top to make a sandwich.

9. These cookies store well in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

 

Chocolate Tiffin

 Tiffin for many Indians is a light meal between lunch and dinner. Chocolate tiffin is an English dessert made with crushed biscuits or cookies, nuts and melted chocolate. I’d call this the ultimate lazy dessert. There is no baking involved, just mixing  a few easy to source ingredients and few hours of refrigeration. This light confection pairs well  with tea or coffee. This is very similar to the no-bake Marie biscuit cake or fridge cake that most Indians may be familiar with. I have added toasted pecans and candied fruit in this recipe, but really sky is the limit when it comes to the add-ins in this recipe. This stores well for several days in the refrigerator, if you can manage to keep your hands off them. Merry Christmas folks!

chocolate tiffin

Ingredients

200 grams digestive biscuits

1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped

1/3 cup candied fruit or tutti-frutti

450 grams/1 lb chocolate ( i used dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s)

Method

1. Line a 8X8 square baking pan with plastic wrap or cling film and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, roughly crush the digestive biscuits with hand, ending up with a combination of crumbs and chunky pieces.

3. Add nuts and cherries to the crushed biscuits and mix well.

4. Spread half of the biscuit mixture into the baking pan, pressing down firmly.

5. Break half the quantity of chocolate into pieces and place them in a metal bowl. Heat water in a saucepan and place the metal bowl with chocolate on top of the saucepan. Allow chocolate to melt in low, indirect heat stirring continuously till the chocolate completely melts.

6. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the biscuit layer in the baking pan, making sure the biscuit mixture is completely covered.

7. Add the remaining biscuit mixture and spread evenly.

8. Repeat step 5 to melt remaining chocolate and pour on top of the biscuit layer. Use the back of a spoon to spread it out into an even layer.

9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

10. Remove from fridge 10 minutes before serving and cut into squares.

10 Favorite Homemade Edible Gifts Roundup

The big holiday is just couple of days away. Hows the holiday shopping coming along?  If you are still on the search for some simple last minute gifts for neighbors and friends, here’s a roundup of my favorite edible gifts from the blog. Package these in a mason jar or a simple favor bag with a colorful fabric circle, gift tag and a holiday ribbon or bow, you’ve got a darling gift that’s perfect for a teacher, neighbor or friend.

gift

Honey Hazelnut Granola– Your friends will become your best friends if you gift them this crunchy, flavorful, homemade gourmet treat. Veganize this recipe by substituting maple syrup for honey.

honey hazelnut granola

Chili-Lime Peanuts– This humble peanut recipe is simple to make but big on flavor and very addictive.

chili lime peanuts

Lavender Shortbread Cookies– This crumbly, melt-in-your mouth cookie is a fragrant variation to the traditional Christmas cookie.

lavender shortbread cookies

Fran’s Gold Bar Brownies–  They ooze with chocolate and caramel in every bite and are sure to make any occasion a special one.

brownies

Chai Spiced Banana Bread– Everyone loves a good banana bread and when you thrown in some chai spice, you are sure to spread warmth and cheer.

chai spiced banana bread

Almond Raisin Granola Clusters– There can never be too much granola in one’s life. This is perfect for the day after Christmas breakfast alongside some Greek yogurt and fruit.

almond raisin clusters

Cake Pops– These are a great alternative to cookies. Make merry this holiday season by dipping, swirling and playing around with toppings.

cake pops

Pumpkin Mascarpone Cake Bites– A perfect, almost cheesecake like gift for a special friend or neighbor.

pumpkin mascarpone cake bites

Peppermint Scones– A festive touch to good old scones, sure to be a big hit.

peppermint scones

Popped Sorghum – Popcorn doesn’t always have to be about corn, pop this ancient grain and play around with flavors. I am sure sorghum won’t mind a little caramel, cinnamon or cheddar.

popped sorghum