It’s Christmas time and my kitchen is all geared up for some lovely treats. I personally love anything that’s baked. It definitely needs little effort but the end result gives lot of satisfaction to me 🙂
Cookies are a favorite to many. So, I thought why not start the week with some lovely layered cookies. There was pineapple in my pantry and so I made these lovely paired up cookies filled with pineapple. My husband loved these and I am actually making another batch today 🙂 So, I hope you will love them too, try them this Christmas, they are great for parties, picnics, road trips and lunch-box too !!
Makes: 5 layered cookies
Preparation time: 20 mins
Baking time: 18-20 mins
Whole wheat/multi-grain flour – ½ cup
Corn flour – 1 tbsp
Powdered sugar – ¼ cup (Blend the regular sugar to smooth powder)
Pineapple essence – ½ tsp, optional (May use 1 tbsp pineapple juice instead)
Butter – 1 tbsp
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Milk – ¼ cup approximately
Oil/butter – for greasing the baking tray
Fresh pineapple chunks – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 3 tbsp (Depending on how sweet your pineapple is)
- Puree the pineapple chunks to get a smooth paste.
- Pour the paste into a pan, add the 3 tbsp sugar and fry it till the paste turns into a lump and separates from the sides of the pan. It takes about 5-8 minutes.
- At this stage, turn off the heat and set aside. The filling is ready.
- In a mixing bowl, sift together the wheat flour, corn flour and baking powder.
- In another bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar to get a smooth paste.
- Add the pineapple essence to the butter-sugar paste and combine well.
- Pour this into the dry flour mixture and make smooth yet firm dough. Add milk accordingly to get the right consistency. I had to use about 2 tbsp milk.
- Make small balls from the dough. Try making equal number of balls, this recipe makes about 10 balls. Flatten out each ball by pressing gently between your palms.
- On half the number of flattened discs, apply a tsp of pineapple filling prepared earlier. Cover this with an unfilled disc making a sandwich like cookie. Press the upper disc slightly onto the lower one. This will spread the filling inside.
- Place them on a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C/320°F for 15-20 minutes until they turn golden brown on the edges.
- Let them cool and enjoy as a snack or dessert. It is perfect for picnics or trips too.
- You can do this with orange, strawberry or banana too.
- Do not knead the dough like we do for chapati/roti, bring it together using a gentle hand.