Holi is symbolic in the Hindu religion. It talks about the victory of good over evil and the celebrations that ensue.
Its also an indicator that spring is out there… well if you didn’t see the new leaves on the trees and the gorgeous flowers all around…the dry colors of Holi are sure to make you realize that. There’s color all around you. Dry color called gulal and then the wet color is thrown on people from water balloons or pichkaris. Those are long pumps that help sprinkle water on anyone who is around on Holi.
Its crazy amounts of fun. All you hear are screeches and screams and laughter and hysteria and screams of Holi Hai!!
And amidst this hysteria there is a whole lot of drinks and beer and Thandai and a whole lot of other stuff. And then there’s the food. Awesome again.
A whole lot of sweets and savory stuff is on the table too. Every one prefers bite sized, coz the hands are dirty as hell. So, it’s all about that one bite.
And there has to be a cookie with the mandatory chai.
Butter cookies are my favorite cookies. And then I just wanted colorful cookies. Not dipped in frosting or white chocolate, not even royal icing frosting types. Just plain cookies. I make them and frost them with royal icing often. See them here.
So, I made these cookies with sprinkles. My mother and sister have got me so many sprinkles all these years. So, I just wanted to use them up. So, I made these tiny bite sized ones full of color.
And these are buttery and yummy. And to make them even more awesome, I added bubblegum essence instead of vanilla. These bite sized cookies smell fruity and of the taste of bubblegum. Just a few drops of Ossoro Bubblegum essence.
Totally loved by kids.
I tried out a few recipes from the internet, then I realized I’d do better to alter one of my basic butter cookies to make these cookies.
The basic reason why you should follow a baker who used the ingredients available in your region, cooks in an environment similar to yours- if you try a recipe of a Swedish baker(just saying-because they look beautiful), who’s baking with European ingredients in a kitchen that’s cool, you just might get disappointed. That’s what used to happen to me. Then I tried a lot of recipes and adapted some from fellow Indian bakers.
And I’ve been baking these cookies for almost 9 years now. So, I do know how to tweak them a bit.
I used to bake these cookies with clarified butter earlier because its supposed to be good for children. But then I needed to add water. But now I don’t really bother. Regular salted butter or unsalted butter will do. We love the taste of Amul butter, so use that without thinking. Hence, I skip the salt.
For cookies, butter must be at room temperature. Sugar must not be granular and is best ground in a coffee maker. Avoid using icing sugar, because that has starch. So just buy caster sugar or grind the sugar in a coffee or spice grinder.
White sugar, not brown sugar because brown sugar has more liquid.
I make a full batch and then divide the dough into 3 parts and make cookies from one part. It takes only 12 minutes to bake fresh cookies. But since these are for a festival, make the full batch.
This size makes 24 small cookies. Or 12 large ones.
You’ll need bright colored sprinkles for these to look pretty. Sprinkles are available almost everywhere, so that wont really be a problem.
Also, since these cookies were for Holi, I skipped the egg. You can roll out the dough and cut with a cookie cutter for eggless sugar cookies too.
Make these Eggless sugar cookies and celebrate.
Easy Colorful Eggless Sugar Cookies Holi Special
115 gms or ½ cup butter at room temperature
220 gms or 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour or Maida
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt if you use unsalted butter
6 drops Ossoro Bubblegum essence or ½ tsp vanilla essence
125 gms or ½ cup plus 1tbsp caster sugar
6 tbsp or approximately 100 gms sprinkles
1 tsp water if needed
In a large bowl, place the soft butter. Add the sugar and 1 tsp water.
Whisk the butter with the sugar and water till light, pale and fluffy.
Add the bubble gum essence or vanilla and whisk further.
Sift the all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder into the mix. Fold the flour and gently knead into a soft dough.
Place the dough in a cling film and chill the dough for at least 10-15 minutes.
Remove and cut the dough into small pieces and roll into 1-inch balls.
Place the sprinkles in a bowl and drop the cookie balls into the sprinkles 3-4 at a time. Roll the balls in the sprinkles and press them a bit to allow the sprinkles to stick.
Place the cookie balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. these cookies will not spread like crazy, so you can fit them closer to each other also.
Preheat the oven to 170C and bake the cookie for 10-12 minutes. You may rotate the tray once if you wish.
I don’t like to over bake these cookies or they become hard and really like them to be pale instead of a toasty brown.
These cookies stay well in an airtight container. But best don’t store them too long. If exposed to moisture, the sprinkle may just bleed color. Also buy real good quality sprinkles as they will stay bright and vivid colored.
The bubblegum essence changes the fact that these are just cookies. With the wide variety of flavors available, it’s so much fun to be able to use these justly.
Happy Holi to you and yours. Use good color and eat a lot of food. I’m bringing a beautiful multicolored bread for you next that I colored with absolutely natural pigments.
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