Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reanaclaire Bakes Berries And Walnut Butter Cookies

WHILE MY BAKING MODE IS STILL ON, I tried doing some cookies yesterday.  Looks like I did a lot of cooking this year round but actually it is not so.  My family and friends thought I have done a lot of cookies and baking this time round.... but little did they know that half ended up in failure and cannot be "shown" in the market.  LOL... When it comes to baking, I really have lots to learn but firstly, I really must put my small oven to retirement and invest in a better one with fan or something. Sorry yeah, let me practise more first ya  before they can be "legally" given away as gifts.  LOL....

Alright... after all explanation said and done, here was my next experiment on butter cookies.  I adapted the recipe from Ann here, I hope I have not "tarnished" her cookies.  They look so perfect over there while mine ended up in odd shapes and colouring.  Maybe I used different kind of brown sugar, first batch came out darker than my second batch cos of the two different kinds of sugar I have used.  hmmmm... Who can tell me why...  

Recipe for Berry Cookies
  • 120g butter, slightly softened
  • 50g caster sugar  *I used brown sugar*
  • 175g plain flour  *I used self raising flour*
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder  *I omitted this*
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract  *I put lemon juice*
  • 40g dried cranberries, cut to small pieces
  • 40g dried blueberries *and I added in some walnuts*

  1. Sift plain flour and baking powder in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Slowly add in beaten egg and vanilla extract, mix well followed by the plain flour and baking powder, mix well again.
  3. Lastly pour in the berries and fold well with a rubber spatula.
  4. Shape the cookie dough using a dessert spoon then using a knife to push the dough onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake at preheated oven at 180 deg C for 20-25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool the cookies completely and store into an airtight container.
Butter and sugar mixed and creamed... 
Cut up some dried cranberries and blueberries... walnuts in another bowl... 
All ready for baking... 
Lining up batter for baking... 
See the odd shapes?
The first batch turned out darker in colour cos of the different brown sugar..
Yes, some were a bit overbaked....  Failed... 
These are better but don't know why they are flatter and fatter.... 
Now you know why I cannot "give away" as gifts...
But then not shy to post them here for all to see... 
Will "force" my kids to finish them instead... 
LOL.... 

16 comments:

  1. It's not as bad as you described lah hah..hah... Looks normal to me. Don't compare with Ann because her works of art will make ours all look like so cacat. As long as your cookies taste good, I won't mind receiving some. I like those browner ones, more flavor.

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    1. hahaha.. memang cacat, yeah, cannot compared with a professional.. :) Hope I didn't murder her recipe only..

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  2. Looks ok to me, i like the whiter one, i also won't mind receiving some..

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    1. hehehe... ok, I get you some when I do more!

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  3. Bravo! Bravo!!! I wish I could try too.

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  4. Claire, you changed her recipe a bit will definitely change the shape of the cookies :p just kidding :p... A good start :)

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    1. Yeah, everything needs practise.. hahaha.. amateur ma..

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  5. Haha. Weird but cute shapes. Am sure they tasted good.

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  6. That's a good start. Practice makes perfect ma. I am sure your kids will finish off the cookies. I don't mind having some of the darker colour.

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  7. I think the darker ones look GOOD! They are not burnt and still are edible! They all look so puffy and tender and good! The TASTE is whet matters, not the looks. I want a BIG bite of one right now.

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    1. I think it is the brown sugar that makes it darker... hahaa.

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  8. You don't need to force me, I will gladly eat them for you. ;) So much good ingredients in the cookies, must be very tasty. They don't look bad lah. Cookies are supposed to be senget here and there.

    Here's wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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  9. Hahahah! Brave of u to try though. I always buy my CNY cookies from a dear friend, who's an excellent baker and chef (the same lady who makes the otak-otak)

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