Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cat's Eye Sandwich Cookies

I love cookies and these cat's eye sandwich cookies just make a perfect supplement to a cup of tea. The beautiful fragrance of vanilla essence warms up the environment of the evening get-togethers. That these goodies were baked at home will leave your guests in awe of your culinary skill. 

Ingredients:                                                  Cooking time: 45minutes -1 hr
ü  2 cups all-purpose flour (480 ml)
ü  1 cup granulated sugar (240 ml)
ü  1/2 tsp baking soda
ü  1/2 cup unsalted butter
ü  1/2 tsp salt
ü  2 eggs
ü  2 tsp vanilla essence
ü  2 tsp lemon rind (finely grated)
ü  Jam (any flavour you like. I alternated between Strawberry jam and Apricot jam.)
ü  Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1)  Using an electric beater, whip together eggs, butter, vanilla essence and lemon rind to a mixture of smooth consistency. Add sugar and whip again.
2) In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly pour the egg-butter mixture into it and knead soft dough.
3) Divide the dough into small balls and beginning with one at a time, place them under a plastic wrap. Flatten them with a rolling pin. Unfold the wrap and using a cookie cutter, cut out a round shape serrated around the edges.
4) Since you need to sandwich two cookies together with an eye carved right in the cookie laid on top so that the jam underneath is shown, you need to use a small cookie cutter to cut out the centre most portion of the cookie lying on top.

5) Once that done, transfer the cookies to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil. (I always prefer using aluminium foil for baking cookies because the crust gets browned nicely.)
6) Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes till the tops are slightly browned. Cool on a wire rack till the cookies harden.
7) Now put a spoonful of your favourite jam on the bottom cookie and dust the upper cookie with confectioners' sugar before placing it on top.
8) Enjoy the cookies.

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