Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let's play chess



You saw them. You heard about them. Now let me tell you how to make chessboard cookies.

Leave 90 gms butter out of the fridge until it comes to room temperature. Beat with 3 tbsp icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add 120 gms (1 cup) flour and mix until the dough comes together. It will still be very crumbly. Divide the dough into 2 parts. To one part, add 1/2 tbsp milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla essence. Mix well, then pat into a rectangle 2-3 inches wide.

To the second part, add 1 tbsp cocoa powder dissolved in a tbsp of boiling water. Mix until the dough is a uniform chocolate color, then pat into a rectangle as similar in size to the first one as possible. Chill for half an hour.

Take the dough out of the fridge. Brush some warm milk on the plain/white dough and put the chocolate dough on top of it. Press lightly to join. Cut the rectangle in the middle lengthwise, then flip one half so that the white dough is on the top. Join the two halves back, and cut into cookies. Bake in an oven preheated to 180C for 10-12 minutes. Let harden on the baking tray for a few minutes, then cool on the wire rack.

Simple, isn't it! And yet, they look all complicated and lovely.

13 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect cookies and simple explanation.Love it Simran

Sunshinemom said...

But then, you make everything sound simple:)

Usha said...

Pretty cookies and sounds like you all had a blast at the bloggers meet, it must be so much fun to be able to meet fellow bloggers !

Alka said...

Ok so now the cat is out of bag...Lovely cookies,exhausted them and now waiting for the next meet ;-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

These are so cool. Turned out perfect for u. YUM!

Happy Holidays!!!!!!

Soma said...

Real Cute! I saw them at Alka's blog:-)

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Srivalli said...

That sounds fun to make simran...great that you girls enjoyed!

Vaidehi said...

cookies look perfect and you hv explained it so nicely. thanks for sharing !!

chakali

jayasree said...

Lovely.. Indeed you have explained about the pattern so well that it sounds easy. Let me try and find out..

Bharti said...

Very nice! They do sound simple and decadent. Happy 2009 Simran!

Aparna said...

A lovely cookie and has a lot of what my daughter calls "wow" factor! :)

Best wishes for the festive season and a Happy New Year.

Simran said...

Thanks everyone! These were fun to make too

Biswajit said...

these look so cute. how can you bear to eat them?