Third Consecutive Cookie recipe from me !!!!
You could say that I am on a 'COOKIE SPREE'. Baking a cookie is both therapeutic as well as so 'fruitful'.
No, I am not joking! Your house will smell like a bakery and the cookies disappear so quickly that you are motivated to bake more.
The Jeera Biscuits brought back childhood memories for my hubby and he asked whether I could bake the famous 'Shrewsbury Cookies' for him as that was the most tasty cookie he enjoyed during his teenage.
I searched for some interesting Shrewsbury recipes and finally made my own version of the 'Shrewsbury Cookies'.
These cookies are basically English Tea Cookies that have a fruity flavour. These are buttery and absolutely delicious. As it has been festival season, I had a lot of sweet lime in my refrigerator. Was glad that I could use some of it here.
A easy, interesting and fruity bake it is!
Shrewsbury Thumbprint Cookies:
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Baking Time : 12 to 15 minutes
Yield : 35 medium size Cookies
200 gms All purpose Flour
100 gms Powdered Sugar
100 gms Butter
1 tablespoon milk powder
3 Tablespoon Sweet lime juice ( adjust)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
A pinch of Salt
2 tablespoons of Strawberry Jam (OR any jam of your choice) for the thumbprint
1. Extract juice from Sweet lime . Keep it aside.
2. In a bowl, add butter and beat it with a hand whisk so that it becomes light and creamy. You can also use a electric beater if you have one. Add powdered sugar and whisk/beat again .I did this manually. It will look like this.
3. Mix the flour,baking powder, baking soda,milk powder and salt with a fork so that it mixes uniformly. Add this flour mixture to the butter mixture and using your hand, incorporate the buttery sugar mixture into the flour. You will get a crumbly sand like texture.
4.Add the sweet lime juice and make a smooth,soft,medium stiff dough.
5. Divide the dough into smaller portions. In your worktable, roll out the dough into large circle with a thickness of atleast 1 cm.
6. Cut them in desired shapes using cookie cutters or bottle caps. Line a baking tray with butter paper. Place them at a gap of 1/2 inch. Using your thumb, give a light impression on each cookie.
7. Using a spoon, carefully add jam on the impression. In a preheated oven, bake the cookies at 180 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes depending upon your oven or till the time the sides and the back of the cookies turn brown. . I baked them in the middle rack.
8. Take them out of the oven and after 5 minutes, they will be manageable to touch.
9. Remove them from the tray and cool them in a cooling rack. They will firm up and become crispier.
Your Shrewsbury Thumbprint cookies are ready for tea time! Enjoy them in style!
1. Adding milk powder is optional.
2.You can add your choice of juice and jam.
3.You can use Whole Wheat Flour ( I have used WWF) instead of APF or 50:50 APF:WWF, for healthier option.
4.After 8 minutes of baking, have a look at the cookies and decide on the additional time.
6. Make a smooth dough without cracks.
7.Do not press too much while making thumb impression, else the cookies will crack.
8.Do not add too much jam . It will leak and stick to the butter paper. You don't need that mess!
P.S : The cookies were enjoyed by all and I am going to bake it again with a different fruit and flour. Shall keep you all updated.
Do try and share your experience with me. Will be thrilled to hear from you all!