Tutti frutti custard cookies

I am pretty new to Canada in fact just completed 2 years here. And its holiday time here…. with snow everywhere and decorations across the city it just so beautiful and mesmerizing. Christmas and New Year Celebrations brings celebrations with Friends & family, fun and parties. I am excited to shop around with lots of sales coming up with all my shopping list ready. All this definitely means lots of good food. Going with the celebration mood let’s bake something sweet this time.

Tutti Frutti custard cookies

I tried these fruity and crispy tutti frutti custard cookies for the first time and they taste amazing. The vanilla flavor goes superbly well with cardamom and the custard adds the magic touch of color and flavor . I have to admit I am a new bee at baking biscuits/ cookies and I was so happy and impressed by my self with the results. Really all you need to do is to be a bit careful about the measurements and that’s it.

Tutti Frutti and Custard cookies

Normally most cookie recipes call for butter but as I had none in the fridge I used vegetable oil. As for the tutti frutti I used candied fruit mix and some dried apricots. You are very welcome to use chopped walnuts , cashews or any other dry fruits along with the tutti frutti. Cut them in your favorite shapes. I wanted to finish before my lil one wakes up so I chose the quickest shape rectangles/ squares. I made a really big batch (around 45-50 cookies) some how I was pretty confident that these would turn good, please half the ingredients for a smaller batch.

Recipe:
Yield: 45-50 cookies
Ingredients

All purpose flour (Maida): 500 gms/2 cups Candied fruits/tutti frutti: 1 cup Oil: 275 ml/ 1.25 cups Sugar: 300 gms/ 1.25 cups Custard Powder: 100 gms/ 1/2 cup Baking powder: 1/2 Tsp Cardamom powder: 1/2 Tsp Vanilla essence:  1Tbsp

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
  2. Mix flour , tutti frutti, custard powder, baking powder, cardamom powder in a big bowl.
  3.  In another big bowl mix oil and sugar and with a whisk beat for some time to incorporate air. You may do the same in a mixer jar / or with a blender.
  4.  Add vanilla essence to the sugar and oil mixture and mix again.
  5. Mix the oil and sugar mixture to the dry flour mix. Knead it with very light hands just so it comes together well to make a dough. Use some water adding a spoon at a time.(Its really imp not to over knead the dough it would be a brittle looking cookie dough)
  6. Divide the dough into for equal parts and roll and cut them in to desired shapes.
  7. Put them on a  greased cookie sheet and slide it in the oven for 15-18 minutes.(The time will vary based on oven temp and cookie size)
  8. Cookies might look a bit soft when hot but they get the right texture when they cool.
  9. Enjoy the cookies.

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