Sweet tooth approved, nut squares with anise, published in the Chef’s Handyman food blog
Sweet tooth approved! Nuts are not only full of vitamins no nuts are the fuel for the brain as well. Nothing else can top them, when combined with spices or chocolate. Served as cake or cookie with tea, coffee or hot chocolate, then the winter can come, right? Many of the traditional cookies can be prepared vegan friendly as well. Once tried, they will lead your favorite list. Cookies are also perfect gifts for friends.
Chef’s Handyman’s Christmas tip: Nut squares spiced with anise
To make dough (approx. 35-40 cookies), combine roughly grated 220 g or 7 oz. mixed walnuts and hazelnuts, 1 blended banana, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. of orange rind, 1 tbsp. of anise powder, 220 g 7 oz. flour, 5 tbsp. of cornstarch, 185 g or 6 oz. sugar and 185 g or 6 oz. cold margarine. Knead well. Form two rolls and wrap in plastic foil. Cool in fridge for 1-2 hours.
Place the rolls on baking sheet. Cover the roll with another sheet. Roll the dough 6 mm or 2 inches out. Cut the dough into squares. Bake in oven at 180°C or 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack.
Mix 3 tbsp. of powdered sugar with 1 tsp. of orange juice. Apply mixture on top of the lukewarm squares.
Chef’s Handyman tip: The cookies can be stored for one week in the cookie jar. Surprise your friends with a little sweet treat.
Shopping list for 35-40 cookies:
Baking ingredients: 220 g or 7 oz. flour, 5 tbsp. cornstarch, 185 g or 6 oz. sugar, powdered sugar
Spices: 1 tbsp. anise powder
Fruits: 1 banana, 1 lemon, 1 organic orange
Nuts: 220 g or 7 oz. mixed walnuts and hazelnuts
Dairy Products: 220 g or 7 oz. vegetable margarine
Substitute banana for 3 egg yolks and margarine for butter, if you intend to bake the traditional version.
Have a great weekend, yours Chef’s Handyman team.
Outlook of the next blog entry published in the Chef’s Handyman food blog: Citrus fruits, more vitamins for the cold days.
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