For the final day of cookies, I had selected a spicy cheesy version of cookies, I again went back in not making it. As expected, I was running out of time and had to resort to something else at the last moment. We are travailing during the Sankarthi time for our annual visit to SIL's place and I was carrying cookies and muffins. I normally carry edible gifts for my nieces and nephew. So the cookies end up being new ones every year.
I have something similar to what Pavani
had made, still I was tempted to make what she had posted last week. So I was up sitting making this late night and was all ready by the next morning for our trip. The cookies were not overtly sweet, had just the right sweetness is what hubby dear said. Though I felt I might need more sweet. However with the nuts and fruits, it makes a great cookie by itself. And since you have creamed it, it becomes so buttery!
Fruit and Nut Shortbread Cookies
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter - 3/4 cup, at room temperature
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Shelled Pistachios, Almond, Cashews, Melon - 3/4 cup, chopped
Cranberries - 1/4 cup
How to bake the cookies
Cream the sugar, butter, salt and vanilla in beater till creamy.
Add flour, pistachios and cranberries, stir until combined
Divide the dough in half and shape into a log
Freeze for an hour and when ready to bake, preheat the oven to 185 C. Lightly grease the baking pans or line them with parchment paper.
Remove the cookie logs from the freezer and set them aside for a few minutes to soften a little bit. Then slice them into 1/4" thick pieces.
Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25~35 minutes or until they feel firm. They will not brown much, baking longer at a lower temperature prevent them from darkening.
Remove the cookies from the oven and place them a cooling rack to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container.
Shapes can be cut as desired.
Rolled logs can be stored up to 3 months.
The cookies were not so sweet for my taste, you can increase as per taste.
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