Tuesday, December 19, 2017

M&M Shortbread Cookies

Thanks to my friends who always chanced upon this space for a new recipe, a news or some form of update for the past few months. After the 10th year of active blogging, it was a sense of contentment that I decided to take a break and blog occasionally, though the hibernation got extended. 😊.
So, now with the Christmas time, I decided to bake something that I could share with my friends. Hence it had to be simple and good to eat which stores well too. The weekend was allotted for the purpose. I took out my cookie cutters and holding the stars and the trees wondered what I really should do with them. Shortbread? HmmYes!! Next, browsed a bit and chanced on a swanky recipe, that started working on me!
M&M's aren't easily available, in this town but I decided to go for a hunt. We had alternatives of these candies, but I was a little adamant to get them. The search rested when I found a few sachets which were super expensive, at least 4 times that the original price I used to get them in US!! Anyhow, it's the victory of the hunt that matters!πŸ˜‰

The basic dough for Shortbread is universal. The 3 main ingredients; sugar, butter and flour are in the ratio of 1 : 2 : 4 , meaning for one part of powdered or confectioners sugar, you need to knead along 2 parts of butter and 4 parts of flour. Simple! Scale down according to your needs and there you go!

M&M Shortbread Cookies

M&M Shortbread Cookies
Yields 6 bars of 10cms × 4cms
Prep time - 15 minutes
Baking time - 20-25 minutes
For topping- 20 minutes
Total time- 1 hour

You need:

1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup flour
A pinch of table salt
optional: 1/2- 1 tsp water
40 M&M minis, preferably reds and greens for topping
A few squares of Baking chocolate,chopped, for drizzle (I used Van Houten)

Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF.
Beat together the butter and powdered sugar (a stand mixer is great for this, as the powdered sugar will make quite a mess if you're using a hand mixer).
Slowly add the flour (about a half cup at a time), mixing a bit in between each addition.
The mixture will look crumbly at first, but the dough will come together after a few minutes. If needed, add water (starting for 1/2 tsp) to help dough form. I really didn't need water. However,beware of adding to much. This dough should not be sticky. It should be soft and made into a flat thick coin with no cracks between your thumb and forefinger.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured silicone baking mat or parchment paper and roll out to a 1/4" thick rectangle. Using the parchment or baking mat, life the dough onto a baking sheet (leave the parchment or silicone mat as the lining). Cut dough into 6 rectangles.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges begin to turn a light golden brown.
Let cool completely. on a wire rack.

Melt the chocolate  in a double boiler or in a MW as you prefer and drizzle on the cookies.
Top with M&M's.


  • The ratio of sugar:butter:flour in the above recipe is 1/4:1/2:1
  • The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of M&M's to be kneaded along the dough. I preferred to top them instead.
  • The amount of flour varies a bit depending about the quality, I needed a few tsps extra flour to bring about the right dough consistency.
  • Also, I wasn't too confident to do a neat drizzle and hence piped the melted chocolate.

                                      πŸ˜Š Happy Baking, Happy Holidays, Stay Blessed 😊

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spicy Chilly Turns 10

My blog child turns 10 today. The child, I had pampered, loved, cared for, fed, nurtured, played with, helped to grow healthy, taken for granted and even ignored at times; make me a proud creator!

A huge thanks to my readers, blogger buddies; a few of them turned out to be more than my family, friends, well wishers, followers and everyone who was right there with a good heart and a great  propel!

I am a big fan of  Bharathy! Simple, accurate recipes, all of the dishes have come out well for me, Do say a big Thanks to her from me, God bless  her! Good to see her!
Hugs to you, Prita 😊 for this love letter πŸ’Œ This is what makes a blogger's day!

Thanks to Olympia and Nahla of 'The Hindu', for fishing me out from the ocean and putting on the light and Nuvena of  TOI for doing the same 😊

Hoping for the continued support,

Bharathy 😊

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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Complete Onam Menu!

Maveli Nadu Vaneedum Kalam

Manusharellarum Onnu Pole

Kallavumilla Chathivumilla

Ellolamilla Polivachanam

So, here's another Thiruvonam day with people with all cheer and festivity to welcome their beloved King, Mahabali ..

Below is the list of recipes, which are tried and tested throughout my past blogging years. Click on the pictures for the elaborate recipes...

Snacks, Sweets and Light eats

Banana ChipsGhee Fried Bananas

Curries - Sambhar, Aviyal, Erusseri, Pulisseri, Theiyal, Pachadi

Drumsticks SambharA Simple Kerala Lunch with Fish Fry OlanMango SaladMathanga Vanpayar Erisseri-Yellow Pumpkin with Red gram and Coconut CurryPacha-andiparippu Aviyal/Raw Cashew & Coconut Curry

Dry accompaniments - Thoran & Mezhukkupuratti

Vendakka ThoranUlli ThoranPapaya ThoranStir-fried TindorasStir-fried Green PapayaIdichakka MezhukkupurattiMullangi Cheera/Radish Greens ThoranUllithandu Thoran / Stir-fried Onion GreensChuvanna Cheera Mezhukkupuratti / Stir-fried Red SpinachPavakka Roast

Dessert - Pradhaman & Payasam

Ada PradhamanCherupayar parippu PayasamSemia/Vermicelli PayasamChakka VarattiAval/Rice Flakes Payasam

Pickles & Preserves

Tender Mango Pickle

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