Deepavali- not just a festival of lights and firecrackers, but also a festival of snacks.Jamoon, Chakli, Kodbale,Kobri Mittai – A few bakshanams(snacks) Mother prepared when we were young. I had the courage to make some, last diwali. With Srivalli’s Indian Cooking Challenge asking for Jamoons from scratch, I even thought about it for a hairy split second, but again, fried food dipped in sugar syrup doesn’t define me. I decided to sweeten Diwali by making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. This recipe goes for Madhuram’s Oats event. Here is the recipe
1 cup flour ( I used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour and 1/2 cup Oat flour)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1.5 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
3 tbsp Orange liqueur(Optional)
a pinch of salt
some chopped almonds( Optional)
Some orange zest(Optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick or 8 tbsp) .( I used 4 tbsp butter and 5 tbsp orange juice.).
Pinch of cardamom( Very important. It gives a nice unique taste to the cookies)
1. Soak the raisins in Orange Liqueur overnight. This is very much optional. Just use raisins as it is.
2.Mix the flour , baking soda and salt .Keep aside.
3. Take a bowl, beat the butter and sugar till it is fluffy. Add zest, egg and beat again.
4.Combine the flour with the wet mixture.
5. Add rolled oats, raisins and nuts.
6. Spoon in to a greased tray and flatten them slightly.
7. Bake it in a preheated oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes.
Variations: You can substitute Butter with Apple Sauce. You can use 1 egg as a binding agent.
WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY, SAFE and HEALTHY DIWALI.