Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dome-shaped Cookies


















This cookie is buttery, crunchy yet somehow it melts in the mouth. It also contains a surprise chocolaty centre. So easy to make too! This recipe enables the cookies to keep its beautiful dome shape after baking.
The pecan can be replaced with hazelnuts, almonds, cashews. You can even choose to leave it nutless.

Ingredients:
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 320g plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 4 tablespoons fine sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • A handful of Nestle chocolate chunks (suitable for baking)
  • A handful of pecans, optional
  • egg glaze: 1 egg, lightly beaten
Method:
  • Cut butter into cubes and melt in the microwave oven for a few seconds. Or melt on low heat over the stove. Remove butter from the heat source when more than half of it has melted. Do not overheat. Mash the remaining lumps of butter. Set aside to cool.
  • Sift flour and salt. Add sugar and mix well.
  • Add vanilla essence to cooled butter and mix. Add to the flour mixture. Combine to form a dough.
  • Cut the pecans into halves.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius/ 325 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  • Wrap a chocolate chunk in about half tablespoon of dough. Roll it to give it a neat round shape and place on a baking tray. Brush egg glaze over the tops of cookies and top with pecans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Notes:
  • There is no need to toast the pecans before use. The pecans get toasted enough during baking with the cookie dough.
  • The egg glaze helps the pecan to adhere to the cookie after baking.
  • The combination of pecan, chocolate and butter in this cookie is really a divine one. Do make them with pecans if possible. If you have never tried baking cookies with pecans before, do try at least once. You'd be surprised how good they taste!
  • The chocolate chunk in the middle helps the cookie keep its dome-shape and it also gives the cookie some sweetness. Anyone who bites into this cookie gets a pleasant surprise when they taste a burst of chocolate. (You can choose to do away with the chocolate chunk but the cookie may lose its dome shape a bit and also lose some flavour.)

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