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Happy Friday, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
I am not sure why I have gotten so excited about this day. I suppose it reflects my innate desire to feel loved and to share love. This is a worthy tradition, isn’t it?
One way I am sharing my love with you today is with two recipes, one is brand new, and the other is an “oldie but goodie.”
Nankhatai Valentine's Day Cookie Recipe
My newest recipe is called Nankhatai (pronounced “naan kaa-tie”).
This is basically India’s version of a shortbread cookie, and it’s made with ghee instead of butter.
There are quite a few advantages of baking with ghee, especially for crispy cookies and any baking recipes that call for oil.
An advantage of baking is ghee is that it’s pure butterfat, so there is no moisture in it, and this means your cookies will be really crispy.
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In this recipe for Nankhatai the only liquid used is the ghee. And there’s no beating, no creaming, no refrigerating, and no fuss. All it takes is ten minutes and one bowl to make.
Aside from the nutty, caramelized taste of the ghee, the recipe calls for freshly crushed cardamom seeds and a pistachio topping for a subtle exotic flavor. That’s it!
Sweet and luscious. So crispy too, and that crisp will stay for weeks. That is if you can keep these around that long.
Valentine's Day Cookie: Chocolate Cashew
The oldie recipe is last year’s Valentine’s Day cookie. It is for a wheat-free chocolate cashew cookie.
This cookie is doubly ghee-licious because you sizzle the cashews in ghee with cinnamon and sugar before adding them into the batter.
There’s cardamom as well, which acts as a medicinal spice for fat digestion. So with cardamom in your Valentine's Day cookie, you get to enjoy your cookie and digest it comfortably too!
Haha. I just realized that the majority of Indian sweets contain cardamom, and this is precisely the reason!
Ohh, and so does my traditional masala chai recipe. I highly recommend enjoying the masala chai with the cookies.
That’s it for the Valentine's Day cookies for today my friends. I wish you a stunning and beautiful day fill with flowers, chocolates, self-care, and love in all forms. Above all, remember that whatever the day brings, you are love itself.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.