Cold and hot!

by Sunita on January 9, 2009

First the cold…

Well, It’s freezing outside… what do you expect, with sub zero temperatures! When me and the kids rode on our bikes to their school today, it was as if we were riding through a crystal wonderland. The thick fog, the frozen surroundings, standing still, seemed magical, and at times eerie too. Rengoni was spinning stories all the way to school about an enchanted land :-)

I had tugged along my camera bag today while accompanying the kids to school…with the hope of taking a few pictures when I came back. I was about to change my mind as it was soooo cold. But the scene all around was too good to resist; and , although, by the end of the photo shoot my face and hands (inspite of the thick gloves) were numb, and I could probably dip my hands into hot water before I could feel anything, I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw the pictures. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did while clicking them :-)









You’ve braved the cold…now you need something nice and warm. How about a cuppa with a few coconut, cinnamon and chilli cookies? These cookies are hot! hot! hot!

Sometimes, I find myself reaching out for the spices all too often during baking. This was one of those instances. This time I added a dash of chilli powder to my cookies on a whim, and we actually liked it. The following cookies have an intense flavour and the slight heat kicks in as you start to chew on them.

What’s needed-

4 tblsp molasses (or dark brown sugar)

3 tblsp butter

1/3 C of water

5 tblsp of dessicated coconut

1 C whole wheat flour(atta)

1/2 C rye flour

1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4 tsp chilli powder (more or less)

For rolling-

dessicated coconut + granulated sugar( I used unrefined cane sugar) mixed together in a bowl (about 1C altogether)

How to-

  1. Mix together the flours, soda, cinnamon, chilli and coconut.
  2. In a  small pan, add the molasses,butter and water. Place over heat, and stir continuously till well mixed and melted. Remove from heat and cool for two minutes.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the liquid mixture.
  4. Fold in, preferably with a rubber spatula, till everything is moistened. Do not over mix.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill overnight or till quite firm .
  6. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  7. Make about 27 balls of the mixture. Slightly flatten between the palms of your hand and roll in the coconut-sugar mixture.
  8. Arrange them on the prepared tray in rows, leaving spaces between them.
  9. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20-23 minutes or till the tops are firm and slightly cracked.
  10. Cool in the tray for a minute and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing.

These cookies were delightfully crunchy with an intense flavour and a slight heat. The coconut added to the delight. Perfect with a cup of tea or cofee or with a glass of milk…and for those like me, who do not favour any of the above, just have the cookies on their own :-D

The li’l guy holding up a piece…

Have a great weekend everyone :-)

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{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy Cook January 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm

The cookies look so yumm.
I have neve rmad cookies with chillies, i have notives you seems to spice up your baking with them.
Can i use Allpurpose flour. Don’t have rye flour.

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2 Sunita January 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

HC, try them, I’m sure you’lllike them and yes, you can use AP flour, but of course, the texture may be little different.

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3 Happy Cook January 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Next time when i go for shopping i will look for Rye flous otherwise i will make them with normal flour.

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4 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

Will do :)

5 sandeepa January 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Awesome pics

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6 Sunita January 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Sandeepa.

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7 snookydoodle January 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Nice cookies! I love all those flavours and I bet all in one cookie they re explosive :)

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8 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:49 am

Thanks snooky…the cookies were ecplosive indeed :-)

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9 Mishmash! January 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

WOW! What beautiful pics!!!

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10 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

Thanks Shn :-)

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11 Asha January 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

WOW! It is frozen there. Most of North and mid US is frozen too. We in the South and the west are doing well so far. No ice or anything here but bit chilly which is okay. Photos are beautiful. I need a better camera now! :D

Spiced cookies are yum. I saw chilli chocolate bars last time at the groceries, might buy next time just to taste. Have a great weekend, see you on Monday, I have more event dishes to cook too!:D

(Btw, I had left out chilli flakes in that Spinach bread recipe at Aroma, added it now)

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12 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

Thanks Asha…I’ll give it a try soon :-)

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13 Cham January 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I talked to my sis in UK, she blamed the weather, now i ve the pict. It is dam freezing ! This cookie is hooot, perfect for the weather!

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14 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

Yes, proof indeed :-D

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15 CurryLeaf January 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Wow,I love this cookie.Chilli powder enhances the flavour of cinnamon and adds a little twist -well that mmy feeling.Perfect for sweet (spicy) tooth

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16 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

You’ve analysed it quite well, CL :-)

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17 Meeta January 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

i share your sentiments about the cold! We’re have temps of -22 degrees C!!! These cookies have really caught my attention! Love the addition of chilli!

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18 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

Thanks Meeta…coldwise, you’ll are worse than us :-)

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19 ttfn300 January 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Gorgeous photography!! the cookies look fantastic, too :)

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20 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

Thank you :-)

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21 Namratha January 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Awesome pictures Sunita, absolutely worth all the time you spent out! :)

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22 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

Thanks Namratha :-)

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23 Nags January 10, 2009 at 3:33 am

i have never seen snow before, being a tropical girl all my life :) but those pics are brilliant and so are the cookies. i am not a savory cookies person but after trying chili chocolate last week, i may try them once just to see.

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24 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

Actually this is not snow, Nags, it’s frost and I like the look it gives better than snow…crystallizes everything.
Do try the cookies…hope you like them as much as we did :-)

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25 musical January 10, 2009 at 3:54 am

Amazing Pictures, Sunita! You write poetry with your photographs! (Grabs some chilli cookies, hot indeed!)

Happy New Year to you and yours :) .

Hugs,
musical.

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26 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

Dear Musical, so nice to see you again…thank you so much for your wishes….hope you had a great start to the new year too :-)

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27 Madhu January 10, 2009 at 4:06 am

Most beautiful pics…cookies looks very delicious, love coocnut cookies. You too have a nice weekend.

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28 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:40 am

Thanks madhu :-)

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29 jayasree January 10, 2009 at 4:31 am

Great photography.Looks like painting.
Liked the idea of spicing the cookies with chilly. As HC said will have to try with AP flour in place of rye.

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30 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

Thank you Jayasree…do give the cookies a try :-)

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31 Simran January 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

Lovely winter pictures, and lovely cookies for this weather too!

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32 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 10:37 am

Thanks Simran :-)

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33 Sonu January 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

Brilliant pics Sunita…:) Especially, I love here those crystallized trees and everything. Nice work! and cookies looks gr8 too. I love photography and have a Olympus digital camera. If u don’t mind, May I ask which camera do u use…? I just simply love ur pics here.
Thanks.
Have a lovely weekend!
Sonu:)

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34 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Sonu…I use a Nikon D40

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35 grace January 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

stunning photography, and amazing cookies. we really should pamper ourselves with such things when it’s so bitterly uncomfortable outside. :)

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36 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Thank you Grace :-)

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37 Sunshinemom January 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I do not know what is better – the snow, the ice clung to the leaves or the cookies! Since I haven’t seen snow I am going to be biased!

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38 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Aww, thank you :-D

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39 rachel January 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Gorgeous pics…Can feel the chill just looking at the pics…

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40 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Rachel…it is really cold out there :-)

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41 Soma January 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Oh these frost laden branches … truely a winterwonderland. They are laced so delicately. I envy u.. So miss the snow here. That one branch looks just like a snow flake!

& I could have those cookies now:-) Looks so pretty on the outside.. as if they match the ice…

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42 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Soma…don’t envy it too much…it’s really cold outside and when the ice and smow melts, it’s a slushy, slippery hell!

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43 angela January 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Wow Sunita, nice pics… you’ve crystallized your cookies with sugar, and nature has crystallized the leaves and fruits… both have done a very pretty job :) Regards Angela

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44 Sunita January 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Thanks Angela… hope you’ve had a great start to the New Year :-)

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45 Srivalli January 11, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thats really beautiful ones sunita..lovely snow…but I know it must have been hard!…

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46 Sunita January 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Srivalli :-)

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47 Gretchen Noelle January 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I love the shots of the frost covered leaves! Makes me long for winter!

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48 Sunita January 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Thanks Gretchen…they’re my favourites too :-)

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49 Shari January 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I’m so glad you sacrificed your cold hands for those stunning photos! Beautiful. And the cookies sound wonderful!

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50 Sunita January 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Shari…nice to see you here :-)

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51 Maya January 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I loved the pics Sunita, especially the ones with the tiny green leaves and the berries..Looks like sugar crystals coated on them..Frost is so well captured..Loved the twist with the chillies in the cookies too..

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52 Sunita January 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Thank you Maya :-)

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53 Hélène January 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Stunning pictures. Are you using Photoshop?

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54 Sunita January 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Thanks Helen…and no, I’m not using photoshop :-)

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55 Nirmala January 12, 2009 at 4:22 am

Photos are stunning Sunita! Worth your effort! I would like to have them framed to my new home :) The cookies are warm and cozy looking !

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56 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

Thanks Nirmala…glad you like them :-)

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57 maninas January 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

Fabulous photos, Sunita!!!

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58 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 10:44 am

Thank you Maninas:-)

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59 neha January 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

Wow cookies with chilli n rye flour, quite unique…, must have been explosive…
N all the snaps are really amazing..

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60 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Neha :-)

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61 Rajani January 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

lovely shots! worth braving the cold i’d say. there’s one that looks like a snow flake – the magic of winter. and spice cookies must have been a great treat!

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62 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Rajani…we did enjoy the cookies indeed :-)

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63 trupti January 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Gorgeous, Gorgeous! Those are some great shots…..enjoy the winter’s beauty…I love this time of the year to unwind from the craziness.

take care!

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64 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thank you dear Trupti :-)

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65 Aparna January 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

The frost is supposed to “bite” but here its so gorgeous and these pictures are just wonderful. You have a good eye.

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66 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Aparna…I did enjoy it :-)

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67 Nicisme January 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Your photos are fabulous! I tried taking some but they are not very good. What lens do you use?

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68 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Thanks Nic…I usd the kit lens (AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm)

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69 mahimaa January 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

These pics are truly a feast for my eyes! amazing! cookies look terrific.

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70 Sunita January 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Mahima :-)

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71 Colleen January 16, 2009 at 11:53 am

WOW! Sunita I just stumbled upon your blog. These winter photographs are just magnificent…like a fairy wonderland….its like stepping into NARNIA from our current heatwave!!! :o ) And I will be making these cookies as soon as I can!! They sound fantastic. Thanx so much xxx

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72 Sunita January 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi Colleen,

Welcome to my world. Thank you for your lovely comments.

Nature does have it’s own beauty, doesn’t it ? And do give the cookies a try :-)

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73 Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy January 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I am in awe of them. I really love thos cookies as well. I love a little punch of “heat” in baked goods. So much more interesting!

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74 Sunita May 31, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Susan :-) we loved the cookies

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