Jun 16, 2011

Eggless cookies using custard powder(baking for beginners)

        When I had bought my microwave cum convection oven a couple of years ago, I set my first step towards baking. I used to browse for simple and easy baking recipes.I was totally excited about baking my own cookies and cakes. Thats when I had seen sailu's cookies she had posted during the christmas. The recipe sounded quite okay for a beginner like me. I set out baking this cookies and was so thrilled with the result.They were awesome. I baked a few more batches after that and everyone at home just loved it. I remember sending them to my family back in India too. They had also liked this cookies. So these cookies were my very first baking escapade. Ever since I have never stopped baking. And every time I bake is quite an adventure for me, though I am more confident and less nervous about it now.
eggless custard powder cookies
       Well, this recipe is keeper and I am sure you will never go wrong with this one. They make  an excellent snack for your tea time.The texture and taste is just perfect.And you know what, whenever I bake cookies, I think I should make them more often. But somehow never find time for it. I do have quite a few cookie recipes in my mind and do want to make them soon. So do try and do give me your feedback which will inspire me to bake more and post more of them soon.

Recipe courtesy- Sailu's Kitchen

eggless custard powder cookies
Wheat flour(atta)- 1 cup
Maida/APF- 1 cup
Custard powder-1/2 cup
Baking powder- 3/4tsp
Baking soda- 1/2tsp
Granulated sugar- 1 cup
Oil-1 cup

Notes- Use 2 cups maida/APF and avoid using wheat flour totally according to original recipe.

   Combine the wheat flour, maida,custard powder , baking powder and baking soda and keep aside. Next combine the sugar and oil and keep stirring till it forms a smooth paste. Now add the dry mixture to this paste and mix it well. Now pinch small portion of your dough. Shape it into a smooth ball and flatten it. Place it on the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat the same with rest of the dough. Place each cookie at a slight distance away from each other though this does not expands much on baking. Bake it for 10 minutes at 180c. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. The cookies are very soft when hot, but they will slightly harden on cooking. If you bake for more time, the cookies are crunchy.


Prathibha said...

Looks sooperb...lovely cookies..

jayasree said...

I too have baked this cookie from Sailu's. This is such a versatile recipe that you can really play around with.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy cookies

Sunanda said...

Wow! gr8 sowmya atleast u started making them and it came out perfect. I have to try making them once..

Jayashree said...

They look perfect, Sowmya....

Radhika said...

Love the texture of the cookies. perfect tea time companion.

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Lovely cookies..
Easy to make too!!:0



Priya said...

Love the texture of these cute cookies, looks fabulous..

lata raja said...

Love the picture where you have broken the cookie to show the texture of the cookies. Sure it is a very easy recipe for beginners to even the experienced.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Simple and delicious cookies with custard powder...yummy and lovely..

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Usha said...

Looks delicious !

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Eggless cookies look delicious and healthy.

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, love those cookies. Never cooked with custard powder.

aipi said...

Ahh- neat n yummy looking ~ should I come over for a steaming hot cuppa tea now :D
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Harini said...

The cookies look great. I was wondering what the role of baking powder and soda would be in this recipe. The regular butter cookies (Venna Biscuit/Nan khatai) don't need any rising agents, right? So is the custard powder making the difference?

sowmya's creative saga said...

@Harini- baking soda is used in most of the cookies because it imparts a necessary leavening and a tenderness(softness) to the cookies... baking powder is also a leavening agent here ..you can see that the recipe does not use butter , it uses only oil..the amount of baking powder is quite important whereas high quantity of it in some recipes can lead to puffing up and flattening the cookie totally..here in this recipe,both have just given perfect shape and texture to the cookie..egg is a binding agent..here custard powder is used as binding agent to make the recipe eggless...All the ingredients given here are quite important here for the perfect taste and texture to the eggless cookies..thats what I understand ..if you have any other reasoning for this..do leave it in your comment, I will be happy to learn further..


Nice cookies,they have turned out perfect!

Harini said...

Thanks Sowmya. I agree that most of the cookies need leavening agents, but since these cookies are comparable to the nankhatai we make back home, I was wondering if any leavening is needed at all.

Does it mean if I use butter instead of oil, I can omit the leavening agents?

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