Sunday, December 20, 2009

MOCHA - CHOCOLATE CHIP POUND CAKE & THUMBPRINT COOKIES to celebrate my fave season :)

" It's Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
W.T.Ellis



I just got back this morning  from a one day trip to Cochin...still SO groggy :)  Did a bit of my trousseau shopping + loads of baking -goods shopping! :) Must say, not much energy left! :)



I LOVE this season and now that Christmas is around the corner I thought of doing a double-post, yes 2 recipes! :) These 2 are my current favourites. Trust me, the cookies are mighty delicious and the cake...sinful ! :) 

MOCHA CHOCOLATE CHIP POUND CAKE
Recipe source: My Mom
Ingredients:
Flour-240g
Regular butter-240g
Powdered sugar-240g
Eggs-240 g ( 6 large eggs)
Vanilla-1tsp
Baking powder-1 tsp
Instant coffee powder- 2 tbsp
Boiling water- 2 tbsp
Milk-1/4 -1/2 cup (optional)
Chocolate chips-3/4 cup

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Grease, dust and line the baking tin.
  • Sift flour with baking powder.
  • Cream butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy. 
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  • Mix coffee powder in boiling water.
  • Add coffee + vanilla extract to the batter.Add the flour which has been sifted with baking powder.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips which have been coated with some flour.
  • If, the batter is too thick, add some milk to loosen it.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 50-55 mins or till done.

I am a huge jam- treat fan! You would have seen it in my Buttery Jam Tarts  and Jam Filled Cookies . So here is one more to add on to the list :)

THUMBPRINT COOKIES
Recipe source : Southern Living -Cookbook of Cookies

Ingredients:
Butter/Margarine-1 cup
Powdered sugar-2/3 cup
Egg yolks-2
Vanilla essence-1/2 tsp
Flour-2 1/4 cup
Salt-1/4 tsp
Mixed fruit /Raspberry jam- 1 cup ( or as needed)

Method:
  • Beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar,beating well.
  •  Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Combine flour & salt;add to creamed mixture , mixing well. Chill dough at least for 1 hour.
  • Shape dough into 1" balls; place about 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Press thumb in each & bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins *. Spoon preserves & bake for 5 more mins.
  • DO NOT brown. Cool on wire racks.

* It took me 20 mins in my oven.


Thank you for stopping by!

8 Comments:

Divya Kudua said...

Pound cake..Yummmm.That too coffee flavored..double yum:).Love the Xmas spirit on your blog..:)

Sushma Mallya said...

wow beautiful clicks and both cake as well as cookies looks so good and yummy ...Merry christmas to you and your family..

Chef Jeena said...

Gorgeous Ria I love the pictures YUMMY!

I think the snowflakes on your blog are so cute Merry Christmas. :-)

Ann said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Ria. As usual - gorgeous pics and a mouthwatering cake!
I have a gift for you at my blog, please stop by to pick it up ;-)

Aparna said...

Can see it's been a great season there at home. :)
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

What excellent words

Mythreyi Dilip said...

What an scrumptious cake with beautiful clicks...........

Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year Ria:)

Amritha said...

lovely cake ria...made it today...very moist and coffee flavour takes it to the next level..thanx 2 u and ur mom for sharing the recipe...

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