Cookies for Deepavali

16 Oct

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.

IMG_0268Variations: You can substitute Butter with Apple Sauce. You can use 1 egg as a binding agent.



Posted by on October 16, 2009 in General, Recipes


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13 responses to “Cookies for Deepavali

  1. Madhuram

    October 17, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Lovely variation to the classic oatmeal raisin cookies. I’m not a cinnamon fan, so will try cardamom the next time. Thanks for sending it to the event Shoba. Wish you and your family a very happy Deepavali too.

  2. Praveen

    October 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    u only made cookies for Diwali? 😀

    • shoba

      October 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, only cookies were made by me. But, that doesn’t mean I ate only cookies on Diwali . 🙂

  3. Sri

    October 19, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Stacked up nicely and ready to be eaten. Where is my share?

    • shoba

      October 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      Sorry buddy, Your share is already in our stomachs… LOL.. 🙂

  4. sachita

    October 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    namma oru?(did a brief dig into your posts:)
    i want to try a savoury version of this cookie.

    • shoba

      October 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Bay dhane solra.. Digged into your blogs and found “Santana Row” mentioned somewhere.

  5. Saumya

    October 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

    orange zest is a nice twist! Must try it.

  6. Meera Manohar

    October 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    paakarthukke nanna irukku 🙂

    • shoba

      October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      Ennada nethikellam ore Mazhaya penjudhenu parthen.. 🙂

  7. kumudha

    November 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    These cookies look so adorable. I’m going to try the vegan version of this cookie.


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