No more a rainbow…

by Sunita on July 16, 2008

It was Rengoni’s last day as a Rainbow on Friday.

The Rainbow promise…’I promise that I will do my best to love my God and to be kind and helpful’.

Her group, was going to bid goodbye to her and two others. Rengoni has really enjoyed her time in the group, but as she was going to be seven next month, it was time for her to move on. As a gesture of appreciation for the wonderful time that she has had , I offered to bake some goodies for her to take and share with the rest of her mates, for her last meeting. I was invited, by her group leader, to stay back and I am really glad that I did so. It was a real pleasure to see all the little girls’ faces, gleam with joy, as Rengoni and I handed round the goodies. I had baked enough, and the adult leaders tucked in too, with great enthusiasm.

I had baked chocolate cupcakes…

and iced, orange flavoured cookies.

Regarding the cupcakes, it was a very random recipe as I just eyeballed the ingredients…I did not see any screwed up faces or complaints as they all thanked me, …and I was happy to have pulled it off…especially, taking into consideration, how honest and uninhibited children are, in giving opinions :-P They did come out very fluffy. But the cookies, yes, I will definitely share the recipe with all of you…

What’s needed-

grated zest of one orange
1 C plain flour
1 and 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tblsp of vegetable fat spread (has much lesser fat content than butter), or butter, melted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
5 tblsp of dark brown sugar(I used muscovado)
2 tblsp freshly squeezed orange juice
icing sugar and warm milk for the topping

How to-

  1. Whisk together the zest, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable fat/butter, sugar and juice.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture,tip in the egg mixture and fold in. Cover the bowl and chill for an hour.
  4. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C and line a baking tray.
  5. Make about 30 balls of the mixture and arrange them on the tray, apart from each other.
  6. Flatten the balls with the back of a fork, place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or till firm and lightly golden.
  7. Cool on the tray for a couple of minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers. They will firm further on cooling.
  8. If icing the cookies, mix icing sugar with enough warm milk to make a free flowing mixture and drizzle over the cookies.

I was really pleased with the way the cookies turned out…definitely a treat, and perfect for winning over little hearts ;-) However, next time, I would probably add a bit more orange zest for flavour. But, all in all, the li’l lady was definitely pleased.

Enjoy :-)

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Richa July 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

i wish i was part of the group that got to taste those beauties ;)
Rengoni sure seems to hv enjoyed ‘em.

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2 Mona July 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The baked goodies look wonderful! Thnx for the recipe!

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3 Mandira July 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Sunita, the cupcakes and the cookies look beautiful. :)

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4 notyet100 July 16, 2008 at 5:58 pm

delicious,..lucky group..:-)

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5 Divya Vikram July 16, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Your daughter looks cute..And I love the glaze over the cookies..

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6 Nandini Vishwanath July 16, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Rengoni is super cute :) And the cookies too ;)

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7 A&N July 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Nandini Vishwanath is me ;) N from A&N.

Sorry for the confusion.

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8 Vanamala July 16, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Awesome cup cakes…

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9 Manisha July 16, 2008 at 7:21 pm

You have a precious little girl in Rengoni! Her promise is very inspiring!

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10 Madhuram July 16, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I think you are being very modest Sunita, the cupcakes look very fluffy with all those air bubbles. Thee cookies look colorful too.

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11 Suganya July 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Ain’t she a big gal now :)

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12 Dee July 16, 2008 at 9:27 pm

The baked goodies really look wonderful sunita … I cant believe I never blogged about cookies till now… and rengoni looks so cute :) Hugs from me to her :)

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13 karuna July 16, 2008 at 9:57 pm

those are really good pics. the cupcakes and cookies look yummy

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14 live2cook July 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm

The glazed cookies look awesome!

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15 bee July 17, 2008 at 12:06 am

your daughter is absolutely gorgeous. she’s a real star!!!

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16 delhibelle July 17, 2008 at 12:25 am

Rengoni’s smile is pure sunshine, she will spread happiness everywhere, like her mom does with these goodies!

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17 Nags July 17, 2008 at 1:41 am

i think i have told u before but u have lovely fingers :) and that cupcake pic looks yummy! i like mine without frosting :)

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18 Nirmala July 17, 2008 at 3:28 am

Thats wonderful! I many times have taken goodies made by amma and have shared with friends. And I know how proud we feel when somebody falls for the taste of them. I will come home and give a big ug to her. Hope u too would have got those loving hugs and kisses from Rengoni!Wonderful cakes and cookies Sunita!

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19 Uj July 17, 2008 at 5:39 am

Sunita,Rengoni looks really cute.. She must have been really proud of you for taking time and baking goodies for her friends.. Both look realy cute..How i wish i had an oven.. Once we go back will definitely buy a good ane…

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20 SMN July 17, 2008 at 6:36 am

Regoni is so cute and i wish i was a part of it to taste those yummy cakes and cookies..

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21 Sireesha July 17, 2008 at 8:20 am

Your daughter looks cute..Awesome and mouthwatering cupcakes…..

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22 sunita July 17, 2008 at 8:35 am

richa,
She really did…thanks :-)

mona,
You’re welcome dear :-)

mandira,
Thanks :-)

notyet100,
Thank you :-)

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23 sunita July 17, 2008 at 8:45 am

divya,
Thanks…the glaze did made them visually appealing :-)

Nandini,
Thanks…also for clearing the confusion :-P

Vanamala,
Thanks :-)

Manisha,
Thank you :-)

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24 sunita July 17, 2008 at 8:50 am

madhuram,
Glad you think so :-P

sug,
yes, she is a big gal now :-)

dee,
Thanks…as for never posting cookies, well, it’s never too late :-)

karuna,
Thanks :-)

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25 sunita July 17, 2008 at 8:54 am

live2cook,
Thanks :-)

bee,
Thanks dear…she will need all of your wiahes :-)

delhibelle,
Awww, thank you :-)

nags,
:-D

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26 sunita July 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

nirmala,
You are so right….Rengoni was indeed very pleased about it…and perhaps a little proud too :-)

uj,
Thanks…yes, the li’l lady was quite pleased :-)

smn,
Thanks…you’re welcome anytime :-)

sireesha,
Thanks :-)

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27 Shreya July 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

Hi Sunita, Such beautiful cookies:-) Love the cupcakes too!

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28 Sia July 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm

she looks adorable suni :)

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29 Pragyan July 18, 2008 at 2:15 am

Can we join Rainbow now and get some cookies? :P

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30 sunita July 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

shreya,
Thanks :-)

Sia,
Thanks dearie :-)

pragyan,
I’m not so sure about the joining bit, but you’re welcome anytime for the cookies :-)

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31 farida July 19, 2008 at 12:47 am

Beautiful daughter, beautiful cupcakes, beautiful cookies! :)

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32 Laavanya July 19, 2008 at 12:20 pm

You daughter is so sweet… :)
The cupcakes and cookies look awesome – am sure the kids were thrilled!

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33 sunita July 20, 2008 at 9:59 am

farida,
Thanks :-)

laavanya,
thanks…yes, the kids did enjoy them :-)

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34 Anonymous November 6, 2008 at 8:24 pm

hey sunita , I have a question on these orange cookies and other cookies also which has eggs . can we omit the 2 eggs in recipe and what wud be the best substitue..let me know ..

tasha

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