Wheat Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramal Sauce

Thumbprint cookies are also festival cookies just likeΒ  Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies. I tried these cookies also with wheat flour and filled with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce.

 

New year and Christmas festival holidays are on. Your house would be buzzing with all chitter-chatter of your guests, relatives and running around tiny tots. Winter season is at its peak and no one wants to sit indoors if bright sunny day is there. Kids keep playing whole day with their friends or cousins and they are frequently get hungry. Cookies or biscuits are the easiest snacks to munch on in between the meals but white flour (maida) based cookies are not good for health to be consumed frequently. So, why not prepare these festive thumbprint cookies with wheat flour. Taste will be slightly different, but nothing is more important than the health of your dear family members!!

I have used the same recipe which I had used for glass tinted cookies. But I feel that for some readers sugar might seem to be a bit less, probably because I filled these cookies with salted caramel instead of regular fruit jam.

For me, with salted caramel filling, these cookies were a yummilicious treatπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ as I personally have reduced sugar in my cookies lately.

As fruit jams are sweet, I feel that cookie with less sugar should create a balance. But if you feel that 1/4 cup of sugar is less, increase it upto 1/3 cup of sugar.

If you have some inhibitions baking these cookies along with the filling of fruit jam or caramel sauce, bake cookies with empty indent. Salted caramel sauce or fruit jam can be filled after baking the cookies also.

The most attractive or challenging part about these cookies is to achieve no cracks in cookies during baking. Long time back I had tried thumb print cookies and it was such a disaster that now also I couldn’t dare to bake all cookies together.

So, I baked one cookie only as an experiment and it came out just beautiful!!

I didn’t have a big batch of cookies to bake, but now I was confident and thrilled to bake rest of the cookies.

And right at this moment power went off! I was puzzled and confused as cookies were filled with caramel sauce.

My oven does not run on my apartment’s generator but fridge does. I popped in my cookies in the fridge.

After two hours power was restored and I baked the cookies. I had baked chilled cookies before but these cookies were filled with sauce which was now kind of frozen.

I set the time for 20 minutes and was not sure how the outcome would be. I couldn’t dare to peek into the oven during baking and came out of the kitchen. Ting-tong… timer beeped and I opened the oven and looked…

I was so glad to see these almost crack free pots of yummy salted caramel sauce!!!

Instead of a tiny indent for filling, my cookies looked like delicious wheat flour baked pot of salted caramel sauce… πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

But who is complaining if the end result is so delicious πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

You can check other cookie posts also and a separate post regarding your doubts about cookie baking…

Nankhatai (Cookies with clarified butter)

Wheat flour cookies with Jaggery

Eggless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies

Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)

Ingredients :

Wheat flour 132 gm (1 cup)

Fine grinded powdered sugar 55 gm (1/4 cup)

Corn starch 7 gm (1 tbsp)

Salt 1/8tsp

Vanilla essence 1/2tsp

Butter 100 gm (slightly less than 1/2cup)

Milk 1-2 tsp if required

Fruit jam or salted caramel sauce

Tips to remember :

  1. Measure your ingredients correct.
  2. Butter should be on room temperature, but it should be firm – not soft.
  3. If sugar is not powdered fine, tiny granules will melt during baking and cookies will expand.
  4. Cornstarch helps in holding the cookies in shape and prevents expanding.
  5. Chilling the dough is very important. Cold dough prevents cookies from expanding and the indent will remain intact.
  6. You can keep the dough wrapped in cling wrap in the fridge overnight and prepare cookies next day.
  7. Instead of spoon, use piping bag to fill the sauce for neatness.
  8. Wheat flour takes more time to bake compared to white flour (maida). So bake these cookies on low temperature for a little bit longer time.
  9. Remember that these cookies are slightly thicker cookies. So baking time will be a bit more and cookies will be brown in colour.
  10. Baking time might vary as different ovens have separate settings.
  11. After baking, transfer these cookies on the cooling rack along with parchment paper. Hot cookies are soft and along with liquid salted caramel sauce they are very delicate.

Process :

Take butter in a pan and cream it. You can do it with the help of strong spatula or whipping machine.

Add powdered sugar and mix it properly.

Add rest of the ingredients except milk cream (use only if required) and prepare dough. Cling wrap the dough and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven at 160 degrees

Take out the dough and divide it equally for cookies. Roll cookies in between your palms and with the help of your thumb, finger or measuring 1/4 tsp put an indent in between the cookie.

Fill up this empty space with salted caramel sauce with the help of piping bag. If you are not comfortable baking cookies along with jam or sauce, bake them with empty indent and fill them later after baking when cookies cool down completely.

Bake these cookies on same temperature for 20 minutes.

After baking shift these cookies on a cooling rack along with parchment paper.

 

Once cookies cool down completely,you can add on some more taste by drizzling melted dark chocolate all over these cookies.

For longer period these cookies need to be kept in the fridge. After taking them out from the fridge,warm them little bit. Warm cookies always taste out of the world!!

 

Nankhatai (Cookies with clarified butter)

In India, baking was not part of our daily cooking, though in Punjab people used to prepare roti in clay-made oven called ‘Tandoor’ which is still very popular. Other than tandoor there used to be a slightly different kind of oven, built with bricks and clay named ‘Bhatti’ and it was used to roast grains like jowar, chana etc. When Britishers came here, they brought cake, biscuits and bread. Cake was an occasional thing, but biscuits and breads became popular with common people. Overall, baking was more prevalent in South India .

During partition, when thousands of people belonging to Sindhi community came to India from Pakistan, they started baking for employment. I remember my mother and her neighbourhood friends used to take all raw ingredients to one shop and within an hour they used to give soft, warm, melt-in-mouth nankhatai. Slowly, in few years the younger generation of these small shop owner families turned their old fashioned shops into modern style bakery.

Since then nankhatai is my favorite cookie. Generally, it is done with maida only, but I always like slight crunch of rava/semolina in cookies, so I have added that along with wheat flour. If you are not interested into using rava and wheat flour, eliminate both ofΒ  them and add white flour in the same quantity.

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Ingredients :

White flour (maida) 3/4 cup
Wheat flour 2 tbsp
Semolina (rava) 2 tbsp
Granulated sugar 1/2 cup (later, powder it)
Ghee (clarified butter) 1/2 cup minus 1-2 tbsp
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Baking powder 1/8

All ingredients should be on room temperature.

Process:

Measure and collect all dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix them well.

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Add melted ghee. Remember that ghee should be melted but not warm.

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Gently mix everything and collect it together in the shape of dough. In case you have added more ghee and dough is loose, just wrap it in cling-wrap and keep it in the fridge until it becomes firm to roll nankhatai conveniently.

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Prepare balls of same size from the dough and with your finger make an indent in nankhatai. Keep all of these in ready baking tray.

Keep your baking tray ready by either greasing it with butter/ghee or by rolling parchment paper over it.

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Bake these nankhatai in a preheated oven at 165/170 degrees for 15/20 minutes.

If your oven has hotspots, turn the tray in between for even baking.

Generally nankhatai doesn’t change much colour after baking. These wouldn’t become brown like other cookies, so after 15 minutes, if nankhatai are firm, take them out.

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Taste them warm – they are sinfully delicious πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹.

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Nankhatai are best as gift option during festivals. To make them more attractive, sprinkle some chopped dry fruits just before packing.

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